Kool- Aid... it Ain't Just for Drinking in this Schoolhouse

By far one of the favorite activities in our schoolhouse is "kool-aid" play-doh. Personally, I have always loved making it... the smell, color and texture are amazing. It holds up really well, last an exceptionally long time (I still have some from a year ago) and I have a fail proof recipe (I'll attach the recipe at the end.) The only issues with this recipe are; if the kool-aid is not mixed into the flour before adding the liquids it will stain your hands (comes off with a bit of washing though)I completely avoid this problem (with the little one)by putting all ingredients into a large zip lock bag. And the only other issue is that you are working with boiling water. I resolve this issue by using a folded up towel or oven mitts to combine the mixture through the bag (or if doing it in a bowl we use a large spoon) until it has cooled enough to work with. Then it gets plopped out on the table and they go at it. The mixture is deceiving though... you'll think, "it's not going to come together!" and in a blink of an eye it does!!! Then you think... "ohh, there's going to be flour spots", but as they work with the dough it not only mixes well the texture becomes smooth as silk... Try it out and let me know how it goes....

Just be forewarned... Keep an eye on the little ones, they will definitely want to eat this one- just because it smells so delicious...(even though the dough is made out of all edible materials- I am sure it would upset a little tummy with all that salt!)


This day we used Grape, Lemon-Lime and Cherry! YUMMMMMMYYYYY!










Kool-Aid Play Dough
Every child loves the smell of this play-doh!

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups boiling water
2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid
Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Wearing gloves, or in a large zip lock bag, knead for 10 minutes. Store in zip lock bag or other sealed container.

Notes:

Your hands may smell of the Kool-Aid flavor even with gloves.
The powder has both flavoring and color which makes it great for this craft.

3 comments:

Heather said...

Thank you for posting this recipe. I needed to get some stuff done yesterday and it kept the kids busy so I could. Thanks again.

Kate in NJ said...

I have never made play doh..we always
have so much of the store bought kind
from this person or that(they all know P loves it)

Maddie, Mad Rambler said...

Kate, you have to try this recipe... I swear by it! It's not only fun to make but it's a whole lot better than the store bought kind.