Step 1: Ingredients
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup warm water
1 three ounce package of jello - flavor of your choice. *Note, the flavor you choose will be the scent of your playdough. In our case we used lemon, so the final result is lemon scented and yellow.
Step 2: Combine ingredients.
The young lady in the photo is almost five and is able to do most of this with only minimal assistance. We couldn't fit our tablespoon into the cream of tartar container, so i filled the spoon for her to dump, and I poured the oil - that's a mess you don't want to have to clean up, ever!
Homemade playdough is also fun as they can taste test the ingredients. Don't let them scoop and big bunch of salt into their mouths - they might throw up. More of a reaction than you're probably looking for. And its interesting to taste jello before its turned into its usual jiggly form.
If you're doing this with a smaller someone, I suggest premeasuring ingredients so the ingredients are ready to be dumped into the big bowl. Also, be ready to help guide younger hands so the ingredients don't get dumped before reaching the mixing bowl!
Step 3: Cooking - this is a mommy job, not a kid job.
*This scalds easily, so use a medium (not high) heat.
Stir continuously. It will gradually begin to thicken, first becoming thicker, then lumpy, then clumpy, then just one big ball!