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You can buy playdough in the store, but I promise you it is not as fun to play with as the playdough you can make at home.  Homemade playdough is extremely viable, and can be any color you create it to be.  And it's easier to make then you think.  Not only that, homemade playdough has a much better smell, especially if it's this recipe for Kool-Aid playdough - my favorite of all homemade recipes for playdough.  This playdough recipe and more can be found at playdoughrecipe.com.

 

Ingredients:
1 cup water
3 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
1 cup of flour
1 package of Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
1/2 cup of salt

Directions:  Mix dry ingredients in a large/medium pan. Add water and oil. Stir over medium heat until it looks like dough. Whatever the color of koolaid used should be the end result. This takes about 8 minutes.

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These variations will give your playdough a heavenly smell. Of course, you'll have to watch your kids while they play. While this playdough is safe enough to eat, it's better to play with than to pop in their mouths. Just skip the Kool-Aid and use these instead:

- An autumn variation to this recipe is to add cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to create a more autumn smell.

- Add cocoa instead to give it a chocolatey smell.

- Use cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg to give it a gingerbread aroma.

- Add Peppermint oil to make it smell like a candy cane, and add glitter to give it some pizazz.

Tip for color: green and red food coloring make a wonderful brown color.
cream or tartar??? What is that? :)
It's Cream of Tartar, and it's an acid salt (it's acidity is just as safe as the acidity in oranges, and the like) that has many uses. It stabilizes egg whites when beating them. It adds a creamier texture to sweet desserts (stops sugar from crystallizing). And its used in many soft drinks, candies, baked goods, among other things.

In playdough it acts as a preservative, but isn't necessarily required. I prefer it, but you can just use the salt to preserve it, and it should be fine.

LilaJean E. Seder said:
cream or tartar??? What is that? :)

Ohhhh yes, I looked all the uses for it up online and saw it in the store today, I picked up a small jar of it and I will have to see how it works out! Thanks! :)

Crissi Dillon said:

It's Cream of Tartar, and it's an acid salt (it's acidity is just as safe as the acidity in oranges, and the like) that has many uses. It stabilizes egg whites when beating them. It adds a creamier texture to sweet desserts (stops sugar from crystallizing). And its used in many soft drinks, candies, baked goods, among other things.

In playdough it acts as a preservative, but isn't necessarily required. I prefer it, but you can just use the salt to preserve it, and it should be fine.

LilaJean E. Seder said:
cream or tartar??? What is that? :)

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