How to Make Kool-Aid Playdough: Recipe for Kids
Homemade Kool-Aid Playdough Recipe Worth Saving & Sharing
My homemade cookbook binder contains some of my absolute favorite go-to recipes - chock full of recipes torn out of magazines, handwritten by family and friends, or printed from websites gathered over the years. One of my favorite recipes, however, isn't even for food; it's for Homemade Kool-Aid Playdough. Parents with young kids will certainly enjoy making a budget-friendly version of the classic Play-Doh® modeling compound.
Simple & Fun Kool-Aid Playdough Recipe!
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 package .14 oz. unsweetened Kool-Aid mix
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons oil, canola oil or vegetable oil work well
- Add the four dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid mix) to a saucepan; stir. (Note: Stove should be off at this point.)
- Add lukewarm water and oil (canola or vegetable) to the saucepan of dry ingredients.
- Turn the stove on to medium or medium-low heat and place the saucepan on the stove. Be careful to keep the heat at an appropriate temperature so the mixture does not burn.
- Continuously stir all the ingredients together. Do not worry about small lumps or any uneven coloring.
- The playdough is done when it turns into a ball after about 1-2 minutes of stirring. When a solid "ball" is formed, turn the playdough onto a cutting board or other work surface.
- Let the playdough cool for a couple minutes and then knead unil the Kool-Aid playdough is smooth and evenly colored. This only takes a minute, more or less.
- Begin playing! Store in a sealed plastic bag when done.
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I absolutely loved playing with Play-Doh when I was a kid!
Did you play with Play-Doh when you were young?
The Start of Play-Doh
Play-Doh ® modeling compound, packaged in its recognizable yellow container, hit the toy scene in 1956. It was only sold in one store in Washington D.C. and was only available in a single color (off-white) that first year. A year later the three primary colors of red, yellow and blue were added to the line-up.
In 1964, eight years after Play-Doh made its U.S. debut, it landed in the toy aisle of international stores, with cans of it being sold in England, Italy and France. Incredibly, by 1977 Play-Doh produced 500 million cans of this fun modeling compound.
The only drawback to Play-Doh was that it tended to dry out too easily while being stored. With a change in containers in 1986, from cardboard to plastic, this problem was all but eliminated.
Benefits of Making Homemade Playdough
While Play-Doh ® is readily available in many stores, homemade playdough is easier on the family budget and really, just a whole lot of fun to make! As an added bonus, Kool-Aid playdough does not tend to flake into little pieces while playing, making clean-up a snap.
Additional benefits of parents and kids making homemade playdough together include:
- Learn to follow instructions
- Learn to cooperate - By taking turns pouring, stirring and kneading
- Learn math skills like measuring and fractions - For example, before getting started with the recipe, have your child fill the 1/4 measuring cup with water and transfer it to the 1 cup four times. This helps build an understanding of fractions.
- Build relationships -Parents and children both benefit from spending quality active time together.
Benefits of Playing with Scented Playdough
Playing with scented playdough is very sensory, involving the senses of touch, sight and smell. No matter the toy, game or activity, playing develops many skills.
Benefits of playing with scented playdough include:
- Helps children learn colors
- Involves multiple senses (touch, smell, eyes)
- Builds fine motor skills by using fingers and hands
- Builds some large motor skills by rolling dough with a rolling pin
- Engages the imagination
- Fosters creativity
- Develops sharing and communication skills when playing with other children
The possibilities with playdough are limitless.
Imaginations soar when a child is given playdough. I vividly recall my young son rolling playdough into roads and hills and driving toy trucks on his playdough city. My daughter often made tiny pretend food and animals. The creations are as numerous and intriguing as your children's imaginations and watching it in action is simply priceless.