Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kool-Aid Play Dough

It's been raining here in Utah the past couple of days.  Only on and off... mostly off, but during the on times, my kids were trapped inside with apparently "nothing to do".

Nevermind the three large bookshelves full of books, the closet stuffed full of board games, or the toys scattered all.over.the.house!  Those things are super cool when they're in the house because they just want to be but not cool when they'd rather be outside but can't because it's raining.

So K begged me to make them some play dough yesterday.  And with that, I decided to oblige.  It's a recipe I got from my sister-in-law.  The same SIL that makes the Lemon Bars.  I don't know where she got it but it's a good one.

I mean, who wouldn't love a play dough that smells like Otter Pops!  That's what the kids said it smelled like.  But it's not an edible dough.  Well, technically it is... everything in it is edible but... EW!  I wouldn't recommend it.  Just sayin'!

So, grab yourself some Kool-Aid packets and let's make some... Shall we?  Just grab packets the color you want your play dough to be.  DO NOT USE THE INVISIBLE KIND!!

First you'll want to grab a large bowl and a wooden spoon.  In the large bowl, you'll mix the flour, salt, and Kool-Aid packets. {You'll notice that you can't see the color yet.  I promise you will once you add the wet ingredients.  Don't flip out yet!}


Boil the water and mix the boiling water with some vegetable oil.  Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until it forms a ball!



You might think you've done something wrong at this point but, most likely, you haven't.  It will appear as though it will not mix.

Wait several minutes (about 5) for the dough to cool a bit.  Once it's cooled enough to handle, take out of bowl and knead until smooth.

And there you have it!!  You're kids are now ready to play.  And maybe you too, if you've got a minute.

Kool-Aid Play Dough

2 1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. salt

2 packets of Kool-Aid powder, unsweetened

2 c. boiling water

3 T. vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.  Mix liquids together and pour into dry ingredients.  Stir until it forms a ball.  It will appear as though it will not be smooth.  Let cool for several minutes.  It will become less sticky as it cools.  Take out of bowl and knead until smooth.  PLAY!!


Nikki said...

this is awesome! I will have to try this! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

Jackie said...

This looks great. I will have to try this out. This would be a great indoor rainy day activity for the kids.

Abby said...

Love this! Very cute and practical. I love your blog!

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