Saturday, April 14, 2012

Koolaid Playdough

Something magical about playdough. It can become just about anything, and for most of us it is not an everyday play thing. An afternoon of playdough tends to take on a life of its own, so we savor the experience, and don't repeat it more than once a month or so.

Playdough can run a little pricey if you buy the good stuff, and most of my experience with the cheap stuff has been pretty unforgettable, and not in a good way.

Instead of spending my kids' college savings on playdough, we make our own.

The kids love the process, they can pick the colors, and it makes a whole bowl full of playdough instead of a tiny little half cup container full.

Here's the recipe (enough for a whole preschool class to get a little or your own preschooler to build a life size replica of himself):

Kool-aid Playdough

5 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 pkgs kool-aid, any flavor
1/2 cup oil
3-4 cups boiling water (start with 3 and add more until kneadable)

Mix until like a soft dough and store in air-tight container once cooled.
I used to store in the fridge, but our current batch has stayed good in our basement for 6 months!

Easy as can be and my kids love the colors and smells of this playdough. It has been a standby in our home for over 13 years now.


Carol McDonald said...

I posted about the playdough on my blog..
here is the link :)

6intow said...

Thank you, Carol! ~Erin