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Earlier this year I did an experiment with different playdough recipes I found on Pinterest, trying to find the one that was the ultimate.
The first one, made with Jell-o, I loved, but it got moldy after a couple of months.
The second one had Kool-Aid, and I liked that one pretty well, but the consistency was a little rubbery, and we left most of it out overnight and it got dried out.
The third was a no-cook version and I pretty much hated everything about it.
In fact, my favorite playdough recipe so far wasn’t even part of the throwdown; it was the chocolate playdough I made as part of the Bit’s Valentines for school.
So today I decided, since we’re running low on playdough again, that I would try that recipe with Kool-Aid instead of the cocoa powder and see if I could make the best playdough ever, at least in my mind.
I didn’t take pictures of the process because by now I bet you all know how to make playdough.
What You’ll Need
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- a pack or two of Kool-Aid (I used one of grape but I think for this quantity two would be better)
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 4 drops glycerine (optional, for shine)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 cups boiling water
- heat-proof bowl and spoon
What You’ll Do
- Measure and combine dry ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients and stir.
- When it gets a little cool, knead on a piece of waxed paper on the counter to smooth it all out.
We haven’t gotten a chance to play with this yet because I just made it today, but when I went downstairs a couple of hours after making it, I found a strange thing.
The dough was really dry on top and the bottom of (and underneath) the waxed paper was wet. Like someone had poured water around. Now, I don’t think I poured water around, and I’m the only one in the house, so I don’t know if this dough started excreting water immediately upon cooling or what. But it’s something you might want to keep an eye on should you try this recipe. I kneaded it back into shape and put it right into a zip bag, so we’ll see.
The other thing I want to say off the bat about this recipe is that it’s huge. I just used the same amounts as the chocolate dough, but if I’d given it any thought I would have realized that’s more dough than any one child needs of a single color. If I were you and making this for a single small person, I’d halve the recipe and use a single packet of Kool-Aid. I think that would help both the quantity and the color.