Today Hasbro is celebrating National Play-Doh day (there is now officially a day for everything!). I have had a long love, hate relationship with Play-Doh because while I think it is a great sensory toys for little ones and a fun building toy for bigger kids I was constantly worried it would go into my kids mouth when they were young and I couldn’t stand to clean up those tiny little crumbles that inevitably ended up ground into our floors.
I tried several recipes for DIY recipes and some called for ingredients I didn’t always have on hand (hello, cream of tarter?) and many of them ended up with a texture that left something to be desired. When I finally tested the below recipe that uses Kool-Aid we knew we had a winner!
I wish I could credit the below recipe but I have had it hand-written on a piece of paper for 4+ years and can’t remember where it came from…if you recognize it let me know! This one is easy to make, is non-toxic, ends up with a soft, smooth texture and lasts in our fridge for weeks. My favorite thing about this recipe is that is doesn’t seem to crumble into those little bits like standard Play-Doh and it definitely doesn’t dry out as quickly.
This is a great recipe to make for baby to play with in his/her high-chair, supervised of-course. Once our twins could easily sit independently in their high-chair and our bigger guy could sit at the table this was my favorite thing to hand them to play with while I made dinner. It is non-toxic if some ended up in their mouth and it provided a sensory activity for them while I scrambled around the kitchen.
- 2.5 cups flour (plus more for kneading)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3 tbsp. oil
- 3 packs of Kool-Aid
- 2 cups of boiling water
- Mix flour, salt, Kool-Aid and oil (Toddlers and big kids can measure and mix these ingredients)
- Add water (caution…kids shouldn’t help at this stage) and mix until cool
- Knead until smooth. I often add bits of extra flour to remove any stickiness.
- Once cool baby/kids can enjoy right away. Store in a storage bag in the refrigerator for enjoyment for a few weeks.
Bonus with this recipe is how easy it is to theme. I buy orange Kool-Aid for a sensory activity for Halloween, pink for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day, etc. We use the typical Play-Doh tools as well as rolling pins to enjoy this easy, homemade playdough recipe.