Pick A Play Dough Recipe ...

Homemade playdough? Sure! Choose a play dough recipe and your kids (and you) can be sculpting in no time. (Is it play dough or playdough anyway? I think I'll use both.) Make it yourself and you can choose any color, make it scented, or add glitter.

Use the Kool-Aid play dough recipe and your dough will smell like the flavor you choose. This stuff turns out really nice and smells really good! The food coloring recipe makes great playdough too. Try Wilton brand for some really unique colors. This playdough doesn't have the fancy smells unless you add some extracts or spices. Adding spices is a great way to create seasonal-smelling playdough too.

Valentine's Day - cinnamon
Easter - cocoa or cotton candy extract
Halloween - pumpkin, allspice
Thanksgiving - cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice
Christmas - cinnamon, clove, peppermint
Spring - lavender or vanilla extract
Summer - orange or lemon extract
Autumn - apple, cinnamon, pumpkin
Winter - peppermint

Another fun idea (with or without yummy smells) is to add glitter to your playdough. You can match your playdough color or add iridescent for a sparkly look. Once you know how to make playdough, the possibilities are endless. It doesn't take long to make at all.

Remember to have some air-tight containers to store it in. Ziploc baggies or plastic containers with snap-on lids work great.

And, of course, playdough makes a terrific party favor. Make up a big batch, add all the fixin's, and put it into containers. Print out some fun labels to stick on the containers and you're set. Include the playdough recipe on the labels. You could even add some small "tools" to the goodie bags for making patterns and cutting the playdough ... combs, cookie cutters, plastic spoons, small rolling pins, potato mashers, garlic presses, melon ballers.

** NOTE **

The ingredients in these play dough recipes are technically edible, but please do not allow children to eat it. The amount of each ingredient used is much higher than you would serve at one sitting. And please keep playdough away from pets.

Kool-Aid Recipe

Stuff you'll need ...

  • flour (1¼ cup)
  • salt (¼ cup)
  • Kool-Aid (1 package) ... adds color and scent to the dough
  • cooking oil (½ tbsp)
  • boiling water (1 cup)

What to do ...

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. Add in the oil and boiling water.
  3. Stir with a fork or spoon. Please be careful; it will be hot!
  4. Knead with your hands until mixture is blended and soft (or playdoughy).

Food-Coloring Recipe

Stuff you'll need ...

  • white flour (1 cup)
  • salt (½ cup)
  • cream of tartar (2 tbsp)
  • oil (1 tbsp)
  • water (1 cup)
  • food coloring

What to do ...

  1. Add all ingredients (food coloring can be added now or during kneading) to a large pan.
  2. Mix well using a fork or whisk.
  3. Cook over medium heat constantly stirring for 3+ minutes.
  4. When dough gets stiff, remove from heat.
  5. Remove from pan and knead on wax paper or floured countertop. (Your hands will probably turn a very pretty shade during this process.)

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