I‘ve been increasingly agitated by the mess that Play-Doh makes and am uneasy not knowing exactly what’s in it, though it’s non-toxic. La Jolla Girl’s preschool teacher always has big mounds of homemade playdough available for the kids. If it sticks to the clothes, it always washes out. If little specks get into her mouth before we wash her hands, I don’t really care.
So, when I was the volunteer mom last week, I finally asked her for the homemade playdough recipes because I noticed it has a great consistency, kids love it and it’s less messy (though not zero mess). Here is the recipe:
Kool-Aid Playdough Recipe
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of salt
4 tbsp Cream of Tartar
2 cups water mixed with 2 tbsp oil
2 packs of unsweetened Kool-Aid
Mix together and cook over low heat. Allow to cool completely.
I accidentally used Pineapple Kool-Aid, which I would not recommend. It just turned the playdough kind of a cookie dough color. La Jolla Girl’s teacher uses grape, orange and other colors. I saw one mom complain on the internet that grape Kool-Aid in playdough stains, but I’ve never had that problem. Try putting a little bit of glitter in it too—kids love that.
I think this would make a great inexpensive holiday gift for young kids: Make multiple colors with and without glitter, etc. The full recipe makes A LOT of playdough. I store it in an air-tight container when it’s not in use and just let La Jolla Girl have a little bit at a time.
For more vibrantly colored (or blue, since blue Kool Aid is hard to find) playdough, you can use food coloring. This is another excellent recipe.
Food Coloring Homemade Playdough
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a saucepan. Add water and mix well. Cook over low heat for a few minutes until the dough starts to clump and resemble playdough. Remove the dough from the pan and knead for a few seconds. For multiple colors, divide the white dough. Use a few drops of food coloring and knead it in. Add more food coloring until the desired color is reached.
In case you’re wondering, here is what Wikipedia lists as Play-Doh’s ingredients: “Play-Doh’s current manufacturer, Hasbro, reveals the compound contains water, salt, and wheat flour while its 2004 United States patent indicates it is composed of water, a starch-based binder, a retrogradation inhibitor, salt, lubricant, surfactant, preservative, hardener, humectant, fragrance, and color. A petroleum additive gives the compound a smooth feel, and borax prevents mold from developing.”
I’m not dissing Play-Doh as we have tons of it in the house and I LOVED it as a kid. La Jolla Girl is not a neat Play-Doh player and still sucks on her fingers for comfort. Homemade just makes me more comfortable for the time being.
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