I love to make my own play dough. I am not a very good planner, so when I ask them if they want to play with play dough and I open it and it is all dried up or the colors are mixed into the color brown. No problem, I can just whip up a batch and yes they need to wait but they can have fun watching. You can actually do a magic trick while making this play dough that amazes Preschoolers.
Put all of the dry ingredients into the sauce pan and stir together well. At this point no matter what color Kool-Aid packet you choose, the dry ingredients are all white right now. Show them the white powder and show them the clear water that you have measured out. Tell them that you can magically (no wizardry intended just plain fun) turn the white powder into a color by adding water.
They are astounded and think you are the coolest and of course you are because you can make homemade play dough.
Homemade Play Dough
2 packages of no sugar added Kool-Aid any flavor
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Salt
2 teaspoons Cream of Tarter( this is a white powder that is found in the spice section of the grocery store)
2 cups water
3 tablespoons of Vegetable oil
Mix together the first 4 ingredients in a sauce pan and then pour in the water and oil. Mix together and cook over medium heat. Stir with a wooden or plastic spoon continuously until the mixture looks like mashed potatoes, but not too wet. After this you dump the lump of play dough out into a oiled counter and knead it for a minute or so. It will be hot be careful. If it is too hot just flatten it out with the spoon and wait 2-3 minutes and try again. Store this in an airtight container.
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