The World’s Greatest Playdough

I have discovered the most amazing recipe for playdough. It is so easy to make. It is safe for kids if they happen to eat it. It smells great. And, best of all, it takes forever to dry out. Seriously. We’re going on 4 years now with the same playdough and we’re only replacing it because it was accidentally left out over night. An hour won’t cause drying, but 12 apparently did. So, today, Kayden (my 2 year-old) and I made playdough together. I share it with you so you can have years and years of playdough fun.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used canola and it worked great)
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 package kool aid (the small 20 cent packages)

Step 1

Stir together all ingredients and heat in a saucepan for 3-5 minutes over medium heat. When playdough gets super thick and stays entirely clumped to the spoon, you’re done (see photo).

Step 2

Remove playdough from pan. It will be hot, but an adult can carefully knead it in their hands. I wouldn’t let a child do this since they’ll likely burn themselves. Mold it into a ball and let cool (about 5-10 minutes).

Step 3

Have Fun!! Kayden couldn’t stop smelling his new “Fruit Punch” red playdough! Make all kinds of colors and scents! Total Time to make 5-10 minutes. Total playtime: Endless.

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Hello from Colorful Colorado! My name is Janae and I live at the edge of the beautiful Rockies with my six kids and wonderful husband. We’re a busy family who loves to work together, learn together, and most of all, play together. Like a post? Please comment.
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2 Responses to The World’s Greatest Playdough

  1. Cheri says:

    I have an awesome playdough recipe too (though it doesn’t call for kool aid), and I can keep it in the fridge for months. Literally, I think at least 6 months. I’ve never had any mold problems.

  2. Tauna says:

    seriously, it doesn’t get moldy?? I just through away a second batch because they get moldy. This one wasn’t even a month old!

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