Play dough is a super fun toy for kids; they can keep making new shapes in various colors to their hearts’ content. I used to love making multicolored snowmen for some reason. However, I, like many children, enjoyed eating play dough almost as much as I liked playing with it. With that in mind, I tinkered with a few edible play dough recipes to create something that is fun, safe, and cheap for kids to play with. You should have most, if not all, of these ingredients already, and it’s pretty easy to make. Best of all: this recipe uses Kool-Aid, giving the play dough pretty colors and pleasant smells. Get the kiddos involved to let them get a taste of cooking!
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 1 package of Kool-Aid
- 1 cup of water
- Mix the flour, salt, oil, and Kool-Aid powder together in a mixing bowl. The mixture might seem a little tinted with the color of the Kool-Aid powder, but don’t be worried if it looks pretty white still.
- Boil the water and pour it into the bowl. The kids will love how the color blooms up with the water. Mix the ingredients well. The consistency will start to become more dough-like.
- Wait a few minutes for the mixture to cool down, and then knead it until it starts feeling like a soft dough.
Your end product should smell good, but taste horribly salty. Hey, it may be safely edible, but that doesn’t mean you actually want your kids eating it, right? One curious taste and they should stick to playing with their new toy.
Play with your new dough as much as you want, but store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for maximum shelf-life. It should last a few weeks, though that varies with the amount of usage.