My kids go through play-doh by the truckload. It doesn’t take long for the small containers of store-bought colors to dry out into disappointing hard clumps, so every few weeks I was needing to buy more.
There has to be a better way.
Not being the craftiest of moms on the block, I didn’t realize all the ways to make playdough. My friend Candace gave me this idea, though she made hers a little differently. I made mine using Kool-Aid packets for color. Grape for purple, orange for orange, and so on. The color on the actual pack is a good indication. Not only is this easy to make and cheaper than buying the small containers of doh, it also makes a lot more and is completely non-toxic if your little one should happen to be the kind to like a taste. It also seems to last longer. We’re about 2 weeks in and it’s still nice and pliable.
Homemade Playdough with Kool-Aid
1 cup water
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp oil
1 pack of Kool-Aid
Combine all ingredients in a medium pan over medium heat. Stir until mixture forms around spoon. Turn off heat and remove dough to somewhere to cool. Knead once cool enough to touch.
A few tips: Mixture forms very fast so have all ingredients ready to go. Once dough is done, it will be very hot. You may burn your hand if you’re like me and can’t wait until it’s cooled completely. If dough feels sticky at first, continue kneading and it will soon come together. I store mine in ziploc bags.