Making Play Dough — Testing Recipes

Recently, my kidlets have found a renewed interest in play dough so we’ve been trying some recipes out.  We’re trying to decide which is our favourite to use.

On the left is the Jello play dough.  On the right is the standard play dough.

On the left is the Jello play dough. On the right is the standard play dough.

We tried the old standard recipe (I’ve used this one several times over the years):

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar

Mix thoroughly in a pot.  Add:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup water

Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until dough forms (about 4-5 minutes).  Knead for about 5 minutes, adding in food colouring as you go.  Store in tightly covered container or plastic bag.

 

And we tried this Jello recipe I found online:

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 package of Jello (the small box, not the double size)

Mix thoroughly in a pot.  Add:

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup warm water

Stir until smooth.  Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until dough forms (about 10-15 minutes).  Cool on floured board for 20-30 minutes.  Knead, adding flour until it is no longer sticky.  Store in tightly covered container in the refrigerator.  If it gets sticky, just knead in a little more flour.

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Hands down, our favourite is the Jello version.  However, we should note that both recipes have their pros and cons.  The old standard recipe takes less time to cook and knead and can be stored on the art shelf, but it is grainy.  The Jello recipe takes longer to cook and knead and must be stored in the refrigerator (definitely less convenient at our house), but it smells great, has great colour, and actually feels just like the play dough you buy at the store.

Maybe next we’ll try the Kool-Aid recipe.  That is if I can find it again.  I haven’t made it in years so I may need to go searching online…  Right now, when the kidlets are playing I smell the scent of grape popsicles!  :)

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I'm just a home schooling mom who likes to create and who is trying to find my way through daily adventures with my family.
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