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Sometime you just need something fun for grandkids, (or children) to play with.  Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of toys in the grandkids room, but sometimes you just have to pull out the BIG GUNS.   Whenever I pull out play dough, I have very happy kids for a very long time (usually close to 2 hours).  When the play dough smells fruity it’s even better.  This is a basic recipe I have used a lot.  Adding a package of unflavored Kool-Aid has made it even better.  So, here how to make a batch of fruit fragranced play dough.
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1cup (144 g) flour
1 cup (230g) water
2 tsp. (5 g) Cream of Tartar
1/3 cup (104g) salt
1 Tbs. (10g) vegetable oil
1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid (any color you want, I use what I had)
Nonstick cooking spray (not shown)

Sauce pan
Rubber spatula

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I n the sauce pan put the flour,

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Cream of Tartar,

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vegetable oil,

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and water.

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Spay an area of the counter top with nonstick cooking spray.

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Turn the stove on to medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring constantly

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until it becomes a solid ball. 

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Dump the dough onto the sprayed counter top and after greasing your hands (so that the hot dough won’t stick to your hands)

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knead the dough until it becomes a smooth ball and had lost most of its heat.  Done.  Store it in an air tight container. 

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This recipe makes 1 ¾ cup or (492g) of dough. 

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If you are providing more than one child with play dough, you may want to make more than one batch.  I figure that it only costs about $.75 a batch (depending on how much you spend of the Cream of Tartar), and 1 batch = 2-3 cans of the stuff you can buy at the store.  Not bad.  Enjoy
mkdieb1 year ago
F antastic! You are a life saver.
zamrin1 year ago
Woah edible play dough:D wait is it edible?
craftknowitall (author)  zamrin1 year ago
Yes, you can eat it, but it won't taste very good. There is nothing in it that is not eatable. Thanks for looking and asking.

Cool can u make it with jelo packs
craftknowitall (author) 1 year ago
That is just plain all purpose flour. Cake flour has less gluten, and self-rising flour as baking soda (or it is baking powder) it it so that when liquids are added it would rise. I don't think that one would work. I have been making play dough for YEARS (for my own children who are the parents of my grandchildren. I have always used plain old all purpose flour and it has always turned out well, so I see no need to experiment with other flours. Why don't you try it and post an Instructable telling us the results. I would be very interested. Thanks for looking and asking.
bfunk001 year ago
Did you try different types of flour to see if one works better? (all purpose, self rising, cake, etc.)
lime3D1 year ago
The Kool-Aid is to give it both color and scent. You can go with plain food coloring if you don't want the scent.
This is a cool Idea. Does the dye from the kool-aid stain their hands?
cupcake01 year ago
x2th3max1 year ago
Can u eat it
craftknowitall (author)  x2th3max1 year ago
Yes, you can eat it, but it won't taste very good. There is nothing in it that is not eatable. Thanks for looking and asking.
I'm making a stop motion movie, could I use food coloring, and is it sticky?
craftknowitall (author)  The_HandyMan1 year ago
Withour the Kool-aid, you can use any food coloring you want. Wilton paste dyes are vivid and come in a variety of colors.
craftknowitall (author)  The_HandyMan1 year ago
No. it's not sticky, It does dry out and crack when dry. Thanks for looking and asking.
Pinguino721 year ago
What purpose does the cream of tartar serve? Just wondering as its pretty pricey here. Like 7 bucks for a tiny box.
craftknowitall (author)  Pinguino721 year ago
as a presevativbe, can be left out with ot much problem. The stuff we are using right now is over 4 months old and still doing good. Thanks for looking and asking.
awesome - what a fun project! good work.
init_zero1 year ago
gonna try this with my 5yo daughter. thanks for the instructable!
I will have to do that
jkdabrown1 year ago
Great idea, I wonder what else you could use kool-aid for?
craftknowitall (author)  jkdabrown1 year ago
To dye easter eggs, to dye cotton yarn, just to name 2. Thanks for looking and commenting.
Fun! I love good spelling stuff! Did you add food coloring to make them even brighter?
No, those particular flavors gave out those colors. I would have added blue to the one I made in the Instructable, but I didn't think about it until it is too late. It you want yellow you need to yellow color to lemonade Kool-aid. I don't remember what flavor I used for the darker blue. Red was cherry, orange was orange and purple was grape. Thanks for looking and commenting.
I didn't realize kool-aid would give such a vibrant color! That's awesome!