Friday, August 10, 2012

Colorful Homemade Play Dough

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It smells berry, berry GOOD!

I'm getting creative with baby jars, because for whatever reason I've been saving them. My daughter's birthday party is in a couple days and I'm hoping to incorporate them into the festivities. One of the goodies in the kids' treat bags is play dough. What kid doesn't like that squishy squashy stuff? And I love that I can use baby jars for the container!

Way more cool than the re-purposed baby jar is the homemade play dough. Simple and fun! I'm starved of time and don't have a lot of patience, so you can take that statement to the bank! Quite possibly even more alluring is the fact that there are no stains and smells delightful, because it calls for Kool-aid packets rather than food coloring. 

Here's the recipe but you can also go to for the directions.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 (0.13 ounce) packages unsweetened, fruit-flavored soft drink mix (such as KOOL-AID®)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a sauce pan; remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and soft drink mix in a large bowl; stir the vegetable oil into the flour mixture using a spoon, not a whisk. Pour the hot water into the bowl and continue stirring. When the dough is cool enough to handle, turn it onto a lightly-floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Store unused portions in refrigerator.

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