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Kool Aid Playdough

Play dough is one of those messy play activities that never gets old and most people don’t realize just how easy it is to make.  This particular play dough recipe is great to play with, the color is great and it smells wonderful!  Here’s all you need:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp Cream of Tartar

4 single serving packages of unsweetened Kool Aid or other powder drink mix (these are the small packages you mix into a 16.9 oz bottle of water)  I couldn’t find Kool Aid this time so I used the Market Basket brand and it came out just as good!

1 cup water

medium sauce pan

wooden spoon

wax paper

First mix all of the dry ingredients in the pan.  Add the water and oil and over medium heat mix it until a soft ball forms.  When you first add the wet ingredients it will look really soupy, but don’t add more flour, the mixture turns pretty suddenly into a nice soft ball.  Pour it out onto the wax paper and give it a few kneads.  Store it when completely cool in zip lock backs or sealed tupper ware and it will last for weeks.  Give the kids plastic knives, rollers, garlic presses, play dough scissors and cookie cutters and they will have a blast (and you will too!).

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Messy Play for Every Day is a site for moms and dads to find ideas for creative activites at home.  Play is an art and is important for the development of every child.  I hope you find some new, fun activities to enjoy with your own children!

Perhaps the most used activity in our house is playdough.  I’ve tried lots of different recipes, but the best I have found is this cooked recipe.

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 Tbls vegetable oil

1 cup water

Step 1. Mix your dry ingredients

Step 2. Add the wet ingredients

Step 3. Cook over medium heat until it forms a soft ball in the center of the pan.  And you’re done!

This is a super versatile recipe that you can do a lot with.  To color it add some gel food coloring in the color of your choice to the wet ingredients.  To add scent, for oils, again add it to your wet ingredients and for spices add them to your dry ingredients.  You can make any color or scent you want and can even add glitter if you have a girly, girl like me who loves everything to have glitter!  To store it place it in either a zip lock bag or airtight container and it will keep for weeks.  Sit your kids at the table with cookie cutters, plastic knives, garlic presses, rolling pins etc for an afternoon of fun!

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