Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kool Aid Play Dough, non-toxic

Woo Hoo! Love, love, love, LOVE 
(you get it but I could go on) 
this new play dough recipe!

Kool-Aid Play Dough Recipe

2 1/2 Cups         Flour
1/2 Cups            Salt
2 Packets           Koolaid (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon        Cream of Tartar
2 Cups               Water-  boiling
3 Tablespoons    Oil


You can add essential oils for scent, glitter, sand, flower petals or other sensory items to the basic dough. Beware of essential oils that can cause skin reactions. A list is available HERE. Items that can spoil, such as flower petals, will reduce the shelf life of the dough.

I hadn't made play dough in...well...years. I really liked the cooked one I did, but it was messy, produced inconsistent results, and it didn't last long at all. This one came out PERFECT the first time, was easy, went together smoothly and quickly, has a great consistency, and the kids love it as well.
Play dough is such an important activity, working hand-eye coordination, fine motor, logic/reasoning, physics, creative expression, sensory, and even gross motor. Given that we have three large bins of play dough toys, I was so pleased to finally come across a recipe that made it possible to routinely use them.

I love that it is totally non-toxic and not harmful if swallowed. That was one of the reasons we hadn't done playdough in a long time, the little ones just wouldn't keep stuff out of their mouths. YES, the little girls did try it, but only one taste, so it must not be that appetizing. 

(Update from original post: G fell in love with the taste of it. His mom asked him what he wanted for dinner a couple times and he said, "Play dough!" We are working on that.)

 I only had Tropical Punch on hand, but it made more than enough for the 6 children to play with. I will be getting other flavors quickly to try out! When they are a little older, or I'm certain they won't eat it, I'll try adding glitter. 

Even my home-schooling tween had to get in on the action! 
I saw something similar packaged up as class gifts, both completed and as a make-it kit which I think are wonderful ideas...made up for younger children and as a kit for older ones to do with adult assistance, as it does use boiling water. 

We made this orginal batch on 11/30/11and it's been stored in the fridge since. I always have the children wash their hands prior to playing with it to keep it relatively sanitary, and it is STILL, 3 months later, like I just made it.

G doesn't eat it any more. That took some effort, though. 
Must be tasty.

3/8/12 We have FINALLY made some more...
Lemon Lime Koolaid
Not much scent, and the green is more intense than in these pictures.

and Orange Koolaid
some scent, more of a peach color

J's creation..."Phillip"

Tags: play dough, playdoh, craft recipe, no-cook, preschool, pre-k, toddler, preschooler, craft, art, sensory, childcare, daycare, homeschool, edible, non-toxic

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