Vanilla or Kool-Aid Play Dough

I let my kids measure and mix in the kitchen at an early age. They feel so special being the one to pour that 1 cup of flour into the bowl.  It is fun and teaches them about following directions. I like making homemade play doh because it not only is an activity in itself, but it also smells better! The two recipes here will give you yummy smelling dough. The kids will not want to let go of it.  Just make sure they know it’s for squeezing and squishing, not for eating!


Age: 1 and up

Vanilla Play Dough
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3-4 drops food coloring
Directions:
Start heating the water in a tea pot or microwave. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 salt. Add the oil, boiling water, food coloring and vanilla. Stir with a spatula or in electric mixer until well blended (it will cool quickly). If it’s too sticky, keep adding flour, 1 Tbs at a time, and mix well.

Kool-Aid Play Dough
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid (choose your color: cherry makes red, etc)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
Directions:
Start heating the water in a tea pot or microwave. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 salt, and Kool-Aid packet. Add the oil and boiling water. Stir with a spatula until well blended (it will cool quickly). If it’s too sticky, just keep adding flour 1 Tbs. at a time, and mix well. Have a blast!


Note: for a lesson in primary colors, divide dough into thirds and add red, yellow and blue food coloring.  This works well in electric mixer with each individual color.  Then add a little blue with yellow, a little yellow with red, and a little red with yellow to make the three secondary colors!  When doing this, I quadruple the recipe for lots of play dough!


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About Sarah Lundgren

child of God. married to my best friend. mommy of 4 treasures. at home with my babies.

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  1. we just made this play dough with cherry kool-ade…worked out great! we kneaded it into more flour on the counter, which was fun and made it less sticky. i love it so much more than the store bought kind!

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