I am really not a fan of the play-dough you buy in the store. I find that it becomes crumbly, and makes a mess. I also don’t really care for the way it smells — but my kids love play-dough and can spend ridiculous amounts of time having fun with it. So of course, I really love it too.
I have tried a few play-dough recipes but they usually leave our hands smelling weird, and feeling dry from the salt that they contain. So, while my husband and I went away for a night, my Mom watched the boys. She told me about some play-dough she made and she thought the boys would really like it.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this play-dough, was the best in all the land (or at least I think it is).
The first thing I loved about it, is the consistency and the fact that after we play with it, it doesn’t leave our hands feeling like they are covered in gunk. The dough can make your hands a tiny bit greasy – but I’ll take that over dried out – anytime. This play-dough is stored in the fridge and I think that makes a big difference.
It smells absolutely wonderful, since it is made using Kool-Aid. This is one of my favorite things about it! I really haven’t had any problems with my kids trying to eat it, but I’m sure depending on the age of the child, this could make the play-dough all the more tempting to taste.
It’s also really simple to make. You know me — I love simple 🙂
Here is the recipe:
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 (4 g) packages unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix
- 2 cups boiling water
- 3 tablespoons oil
- Mix flour, salt, Kool-Aid until blended.
- Carefully add oil to boiling water
- Add to the flour mixture and mix with spoon until cool enough to knead.
- Continue kneading until color is blended.
- Store in air tight bag or container in the refrigerator
My Mom said she was told that the purple and orange Kool-Aid makes the best dough as far as color but you can experiment. I think I may try blue next!
If anyone knows of a good flubber recipe I’d love to hear about it. That’s my next project!
Have you ever made playdough? What colors did you make?
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