Making Play Dough

Granddaughter and I spent a fun afternoon making play dough and then playing with it. First I had to make sure I had the needed cream of tartar in the cupboard, which I did. I'd bought several to make play dough with my younger two children about 12-15 years ago. It was hard to find in our local store at the time, so I bought half a dozen or more, and sure enough I had two left. It's a good thing it's good forever.

We had several envelopes of Kool-Aid too. Granddaughter chose Cherry as the "flavor" she wanted to use in the play dough. The Kool-Aid colors and scents the play dough. I love this recipe; it stays soft and squishy for a long time, and doesn't crumble like the stuff you buy.
Kool-Aid Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 envelope unsweetened Kool-Aid
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp oil

Mix dry ingredients into a saucepan.

Stir in liquids over medium heat and stir for 3-5 minutes.

Turn out and knead on a floured surface.

Store in a plastic bag or container.

From Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough, and Modeling Experiences
by MaryAnn F. Kohl, 1978

Granddaughter measured and mixed all the ingredients in the pan and I did the "cooking". It's too hot for a child to knead after cooking, so I did that as well. (It's kind of fun anyway.)

It's very quick and easy to make, and is easy clean-up too (I love that part).


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  1. This looks like a lot of fun! I'm pinning the post for future reference! :)

  2. I'm sure your coming little one will enjoy playing with homemade scented playdough, Helen. ;-)


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