Learn how to make playdough with your toddlers and kids with this easy to follow homemade recipe using jello, flour, salt and boiling water and get ready for hours of fun creative play! Once you've tried this recipe you won't by store bought again.
HOW TO MAKE PLAYDOUGH
Playdough is a classic fun activity for toddlers and children to play with together.
I remember making play dough with my mother on the stove as a child. The salty taste I secretly loved even though I know I shouldn't have ate it…
When my son turned two he started to show interest in playing with play dough. We bought the classic play dough for a bit, but when I started making this recipe myself I was shocked at just how long it lasts in a ziploc bag and super easy it is to make.
We spend alot of time together in the kitchen making bread and baking tasty treats to eat together, play dough is just one of our favourite activities to make and play together.
Children learn numerous things when they play with the dough. As an elementary school teacher, I see how much children of all age benefit from the calming effect and creative thinking that's sparked.
In this post, I won't ramble about the educational and developmental benefits of playing with play dough. I'm going to show you just how easy it is to make play dough.
Whip up this recipe with or without your children using simple ingredients you most likely already have around the home. Keep them busy for hours so you can work from home, do the dishes or just enjoy your coffee while its hot.
Playdough time is one of my favourite break times during the day. Seriously, as a mom or preschool teacher – you need this recipe in your life! Get more early learning activity ideas here.
But that's why you're here. So let's get to it.
HOW TO MAKE PLAYDOUGH WITH JELLO
Jello is a great way to make play dough that's edible, smells good and has a bright vibrant colour. With such a wide variety of flavours and colours, it's a great way to create a rainbow and turn your kitchen into an orchard scented haven.
Kool-Aid is also a popular option as a die and scent for play dough but it's hard to come across anymore. It seems to be a fad of the 90's. But like the hair scrunchie, it might make a come back.
OTHER PLAYDOUGH INGREDIENTS
This homemade play dough recipe is not done on the stove top. It includes few ingredients, including salt ( table salt is best), white flour, cream of tartar, jello and boiling water.
PLAYDOUGH WITHOUT CREAM OF TARTAR
Some people prefer to not include the cream of tartar because its high cost. I get it but I also highly recommend using it if you can. Cream of tartar will make the dough last 6 months or longer. Which means you're not constantly having to make it, the perfect solution for busy parents and preschool teacher.
This play dough is not intended to be eaten, but if a child tastes it, they won't be harmed.
HOW TO STORE PLAYDOUGH
Store play dough in an air tight container or ziploc bag. Mason Jars are always my favourite way to store things. The play dough will dry out if it's left out after being played with. If the play dough starts to dry out a bit at some vegetable oil and knead it in.
HOW TO MAKE PLAYDOUGH
Homemade Playdough Recipe
- 1 pkg Jello
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Salt
- 4 tbsp cream of tartar
- 2 Cups boiling water
- Combine ingredients. Store in airtight bags or containers. Makes pliable, lovely scented playdough.