Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Uses For Kool-Aid - #1

Kool-Aid play dough is easy, fun, and smell so good. Here are step by step instructions for this project.

What you will need:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 package Kool-Aid (or Kool-Aid equivalent)
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 Tbs cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • glitter - if you are brave

Step 1.
Mix your flour, salt, cream of tartar, and drink mix in a medium pot.
Step 2.
Add water and oil and stir over medium heat for about 4 minutes.
Step 3.
Remove when mixture forms a ball and immediately knead until smooth, add glitter if you are crazy and be careful because it will be very hot for a few seconds. Your kids can play with it immediately but sometimes it helps to firm it up by putting it in a container in the refrigerator for a little while, although we have never done this.
Keep fresh by storing in an air tight container.

Things we have learned while making and using Kool-Aid play dough...

  • Drink mixes that are pre-sugared will cause the play dough to, well, not be dough.
  • Kool-Aid play dough does NOT taste good, despite how delicious it smells.
  • The fact that Kool-Aid play dough doesn't taste good will not stop many small kidlets, or the dog from eating it.
  • Although it is non-toxic for people, our dog does not tolerate it well and he is a large 85 lb dog. I will not go into detail here but I recommend not letting your pets sneak the pieces that fall on the floor.
  • Glitter. Enough said.

Check back later for more uses for all that Kool-Aid many of us collected in the past few months with the Kraft coupons!


MamaOnABudget said...

Odd question:

Do you think this would work with a different flour? Or is it the gluten in the flour that makes it doughy? I have celiac disease and would love to make play dough for my kids - but I don't know if rice flour would be as effective as wheat in this recipe...

Cubby's Gal said...

The below recipe calls for rice flour. You just heat the oil and water up, then add the rest of the ingredients - stirring it until it thickens and starts to form a ball. I would guess you can add the Kool-Aid into this recipe for color just like the recipe I posted.

1 c. water
1 t. cooking oil
1/2 c. white rice flour
1/2 c. corn starch
1/2 c. salt
2 t. cream of tartar

I have never tried this recipe myself but I am sure it would work. Hope this helps!