Friday, May 20, 2011
Patriotic Play Dough Made with Kool Aid
I love to make Kool Aid play dough for the kids. It smells so good, the color is vibrant, it's easy to make, and the recipe makes a lot. It's funny - we use Kool Aid drink mix to make play dough and paint, but I don't think my kids know that it is a drink mix!
With Memorial Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to make some patriotic play dough. The dough is red and I added white, silver, and blue glitter. Here is how I made it:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3 small packages of cherry Kool Aid unsweetened drink mix (3.6 grams each package)
3 TBSP oil
2 cups boiling water
1. Mix together flour, salt, Kool Aid powder, and oil.
2. Add boiling water and mix until the dough is cool enough to touch. (Can you smell the cherry Kool Aid through the screen? Seriously, this play dough smells SO good!)
3. Add glitter (I began with blue and white glitter, but the white glitter did not show up so I added silver. I like to add a lot of glitter.) and knead until smooth.
*Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the fridge. This recipe should last through Memorial Day and the 4th of July!
I put this out with star cookie cutters and rolling pins, but we have a lot of play dough tools that the kids are always free to use.
*People always ask me how to avoid getting dye all over their hands from homemade play dough. I have found that if you mix the color (or in this case, the Kool Aid drink mix) with all of your ingredients before adding boiling water or cooking (depending on the recipe), the color stays with the dough and does not transfer.