Last weekend I got a fantastic deal at Target on real Playdough…the Mattell brand…. 🙂 My kids (yes, they ARE 7, 10, 12 and almost 15, but they still find great joy in squishing and squashing their way through playdough and making and creating) were so thrilled to have the real stuff and some new neat playdough tools (instead just my old rusty cookie cutters 🙂 ). Anyhow, I babysat for a dear friend last week as well, and her two little daughters were thrilled to have new playdough to play with as well. The problem is, the little one (she’s only 3) was getting the colors mixed together. SO, after my kids voiced their concerns to me regarding this issue, I promised them that I would make some homemade playdough for this week when the girls came back to play, and they could all play with homemade playdough when we have guests, and the “real” playdough would be just for them 🙂 When the little one woke from her nap this afternoon she asked if she could play with playdough……so I sprang into action! 🙂 I made my kids (and mine, because it is so easy to make) favorite homemade playdough. I love this recipe because it is easy to make, doesn’t require cooking, and it smells SOOOOO good! It makes a lot of playdough and is soft and silky and wonderful to put your hands in 🙂
Since I know that I do have some readers that have littles that like to create, I thought I’d share my favorite recipe with you all. I got this recipe when R was in the 2s & 3s Sunday School class back about 12 years ago. This is the playdough that their teachers made for their class. So, once again, my thanks to Teacher Sarah and Teacher Diane for sharing this recipe with me oh, so many years ago. I have shared this recipe with many many others, and have made it and given it as gifts to my own children, as well as other children. It is a much loved recipe! And it really does make a great gift if you put it into little containers and put them in a basket with cookie cutters and a little plastic rolling pin. (And maybe a laminated placemat to keep the mess on the table to a minimum?)
(When I make this recipe, I usually divide the ingredients in half and make it in two different bowls with two different flavors/scents of the kool-aid so that I have a variety…..I don’t really need that big of a batch of one color/scent of playdough, unless I’m making it for a Sunday School or Preschool class)
2 1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. salt
1 t. alum (this acts as a preservative….I actually leave it out because the playdough gets played with enough in my house that I have found that I don’t really need to add the alum)
2 pkg. kool-aid drink mix (you can use any brand, but make sure it is the UNSWEETENED type…..no sugar or sweeteners at all)
Mix all of the above ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.
2 T. vegetable oil
2 C. boiling water
Mix and add more flour until nice and thick and kneadable. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead in more flour until the dough is smooth, silky, and no longer sticky at all. Store in an airtight container for your little lovies to create to their hearts desire.