Friday, February 12, 2010

Kool Aid Playdough

I have always wanted to try and make my own dough, but have never had a reason since Kaelyn was always so responsible and tucked her play dough away after each use. Now, after YEARS of use, the dough is drying out and I decided since Anna doesn't "get" that you can't eat dough, I should try my hand at a food based dough that would be "safer" for her to ingest! This dough is just the ticket. Did I mention that the consistency, smell and texture are to die for, not to mention that it makes a TON of play dough for minimal money!

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups boiling water
2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid  (we used cherry!)

I mixed all the dry ingredients in a bowl while my water was heated for about three minutes in the microwave. We added them all together and Anna mixed while I measured out   eyeballed three tablespoons of oil.

Let it cool before you try kneading it. I ended up having to knead in about a 1/4 cup of extra flour to get a dough consistency that allowed you to play with it w/o getting your hands covered in gunk! Anna enjoyed helping!

This recipe makes enough to fill a large sour cream I hope you like the smell!
And if you get tired of it, you can always use it to make beads! Just cut out shapes with a cookie cutter, use a skewer to make holes and let it dry over night. The color does "fade" or turn "ashy", but it's a fun craft for the kids!

A 1 yr old, 2 yr old, 3 yr old and 23 yr old all approve!


Debbie said...

I forgot about Kool Aid Paydough.

It looks like everyone had fun!

Thank you for your comment, I will tell you though Selena is no where near shy. Not a shy bone in her body. LOL

Our Cozy Little Book and Art Corner said...

we love making homemade playdoh you might not ever go back to the store bought stuff now :)

I love the beads they are super cute!! :)

Brandie said...

I really don't think I'll ever go back to store bought! I actually plan on grabbing more cool aid for different colors!

Debbie, both of my girls are outgoing as well, although Kaelyn will play bashful in new situations.

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