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Make Your Own Kool-Aid Play-Dough: An Activity for Kids

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Kool-Aid Play-Dough is one of those tried and true early childhood recipes.  It’s easy to make, it smells awesome, and it has great play value.  Plus it’s good for developing fine motor skills and for creative play. 

To make it, you will need simple supplies:  flour, salt, water, Cream of Tartar, Kool-Aid, and oil.  You’ll mix, heat, and cool.  Children can be involved with each aspect of the process.  (I’m not certain why I chanced Adden anywhere near the stove, but he did great.  No trips to the ER necessary.)

Our kids ADORED this activity.   After making it, Selah proceeded to set up a bakery, with an ottoman for an oven and a little brother as her marketing executive.  (Cookies were free on the first day of business to the first 100 customers.) 

Each color of Play-Dough takes about 4-5 minutes to make.  Once it’s all made, you pretty much have the afternoon to yourself.  I had over two hours of uninterrupted time to do laundry, vacume, dishes, dinner, organize, and of course eat all of the pretend cookies from the new bakery in town.  It was pretty sweet!

Have fun with your kids (and enjoy all of that time to yourself too!)

Kool-Aid Playdough

1 cup flour
2 TBSP cream of tartar
1/4 cup salt
2 pkgs. of sugar free Kool-Aid (use the same flavor/color for each color you make)
1 cup water
1 TBSP oil

1. In a saucepan combine everything but the oil.   Stir well, then add the oil. 
2.Move saucepan to stovetop and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Continually stir. 
3. When a good sized ball starts to form, turn off the heat and remove the pan. The play-dough will be hot, so be careful.
4. Remove the ball of dough from the pan and let cool for a second.
5. Knead well until soft.
6. Store in an airtight container or a ziplock bag.

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