Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Summer Kid Crafts: Kool-aid Playdough

Kool-aid PlaydoughContinuing with kid crafts this summer this is a fun recipe for play dough that is edible (notice I didn't say "healthy," I said "edible." Two very different things). It smells and tastes just like whatever flavor of mix you use. My personal favorite? Sharkleberry Finn. I must have drank 700 gallons of that stuff in college--it was at least enough to allow me to save up my Kool-aid points and receive my very own plastic "Hey Kool-aid!" pitcher and matching stemware. For when I served those fancy sit-down banquets in my dorm room.

You can substitute a package of unsweetened Jello in place of the Kool-aid though I don't see why you would--it's more expensive so stick with a twenty cent package of Kool-aid unless you have to. I've noticed that they now have "Mystery" flavors of Kool-aid that are clear. I would avoid that one unless you want a white dough that smells like a mystery flavor of Kool-aid.

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 package Kool-Aid mix (unsweetened)
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heatproof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle. Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix. (Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months)

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Laurie said...

I think I may try this with a class of 6 to 8 year olds. I may have to show them over and over how to use the play dough but they'll get it. And Hondurans have even cheaper mixes than Kool aid in the same bright and sugary packages. So there!

Janelle said...

I have a different recipe for Kool-Aid playdough. I love it because not only does it smell great, but the colors are so vibrant. Much more than just with food dye.

Melissa said...

I happen to have some kool-aid that I didn't want to make into a drink. Looks like I have a great use for it now! Thanks!

sariqd said...

The "mystery" flavors are actually pretty cool because you don't know what color it'll turn out to be when you add the water mixture to it.

Chrissy said...

You know, I've been searching and trying several different homemade play do recipes for like a year now! I lost the recipe I had from an old friend, and yours appears to be the perfect match - with a Kool Aid bonus!

Shannon said...

My kids love this stuff especially when it is warm. We make it all the time.

Jules said...

We make homemade Playdough all the time, but never with Kool-aid. I am going to try this recipe for sure next time. Thanks

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I think my 3-year-old would love to make and play w/ it. I added it to my "summer ideas" list. :)

Anonymous said...

My husband LOVED Shakelberry Finn Koolaid. We have not been able to find it in years around here.