Thursday, May 2, 2013

Who Knew Play Dough Could Smell So Good?-- Kool-Aid Play Dough

My son wanted to play with play dough today, I decided to one up it by letting him make some. It only took 10-15 minutes to make, it kept him busy for hours, and my house smells nice and fruity!  I had everything I needed on hand, with the exception of the Kool-Aid, which I picked up a generic pack of 24 last night for $1.00.

1 packet Kool-Aid (any brand works)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup boiling water

We made 2 batches in about 20 minutes.  Because of the boiling  water, it needs some time to cool before you can knead it properly with your hands.  I used the cooling time to work on my second batch.

The first thing I did was put1 cup of water on to boil.  Feel free to boil it on the stove or in the microwave, whichever method is easiest for you. Now it is time to measure our ingredients.

Pour the Kool-Aid packet into a medium-sized bowl and add your flour and salt. Mix these dry ingredients together really well.  The better you mix it when it is dry, the less you will have to knead it to even out the color when it’s hot.
Once your dry ingredients are mixed well, add  the 1 cup of boiling water and 2 Tablespoons of oil.  Stir contents with a spoon. DO NOT try to knead this with your hands right away, it is way too hot! Once you can no longer make any progress with the spoon, set the bowl aside to cool.
Look at that smile, he is so proud of his work!
If you are making multiple colors/batches, use this time to start the next one. When the dough is cool enough to handle, knead the dough until everything is thoroughly combined and the color is evenly distributed throughout the dough.
 That's it, it is that simple! Now, it is play time!

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