My kids have been asking to make homemade play dough and slime. Slime. Really? hehe. So I started with the play dough because it seemed the cleaner of the two.
My mom used to make me play dough as a kid that was just water, flour, and salt. She'd add a little food coloring and I'd spend the day making all sorts of animals, flowers, and whatever whimsy my heart desired. When my kids asked to make some, I felt a flutter of nostalgia and to the kitchen we went!
This recipe was easy, and for the most part, not too messy. It made quite a large amount, so I split each color between them. Turned out perfect! It was colorful, smelled good(doesn't taste good as my son figured out!), and was soft. Kids spent all afternoon with out an argument among them as they sat enjoying their creations...among them a tea set, flowers, dinosaurs, and Spider Man. Gotta love imagination! It also has lasted over two weeks!
Here's the recipe:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 envelope unsweetened Kool Aid
1 cup water
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, Kool Aid, and water in medium saucepan. Stir in oil.
2. Mix over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until mixture forms a ball in the center of the pan. Dough will darken in color.
3. Remove from the pan. IT WILL BE HOT! Sit for just a moment to cool and then knead softly.
4. Store in airtight container or Ziploc bag.
The colors I used:
Green- Lemon Lime
Blue- Blue Raspberry
Pink- Strawberry Kiwi
Depending on the flavors your store carries, you can match the packet flavor to the color fairly easily. I found the yellow light at first but it darkened up. You can always add extra food coloring.
Here was my inspiration. Recipe was from homeschoolcreations.net. Pop on over to find more fun kids ideas!
Enjoy the soft play dough with the kiddos. Obviously there's a future post on slime. Ha! Until next time.