My kids love play dough. Children playing with play dough in a group can enhance their social skills. Playing with play dough also enhances their sensory skills and fine motor skills. Often times the play dough gets mixed together to make a funky color or dried out. I thought it would be fun to make our own to replace what has gotten thrown away. Although it was long ago, this scented dough reminds me of my preschool days, I also remember making some in tech school for one of my childhood development classes.
I went out to get the ingredients, I only picked up one flavor of Kool-Aid powder as my local Fred Meyer only had two flavors of Kool-Aid and they were both red. I was in no mood (you know, tired momlife stuff with two kids in tow) to go to any other stores in search of different colored Kool-Aid powder, so I opted for the Crystal Light packets. We halved the recipe for the our purple and orange play doughs, except mixed two packets of grape Crystal Light for the purple, and three packets of the Orange. I would consider adding some food coloring to make the colors a darker shade if you plan on using Crystal Light powder as well.
We also tried out some gluten-free play dough. Although, it’s probably contaminated at this point because they played with both play dough recipes together.
Here’s the recipe:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 (13oz) packets of Kool-Aid
3 Tbsp vegetable oil (I guess I used olive oil, that works too)
2 cups boiling water
Mix dry ingredients, then mix in oil and water until dough forms. Start kneading until dough is consistent throughout. The dough will be warm so use precaution when doing this around children.
Excuse their crazy hair.
If you have dogs or any other animals in your home, I suggest doing this in a different room than them! Being the ingredients are all edible, both of our dogs were eating this play dough as it was dropping to the floor. Our German shorthair pointer stole the whole batch of purple off the table!