It is amazing how many kid friendly craft recipes there are.

@GardenGerty (91240)
Marion, Kansas
May 17, 2009 3:53pm CST
I have quite a collection, but I am also wondering if you want to share some with me. I answered a preschool discussion and talked about some different kinds of homemade playdohs. I mentioned Koolaid play doh, and I thought I could share it here as well. Kool aid play doh 2 ½ C flour ½ C salt 1 T Cream of Tartar 2 Packages unsweetened Kool aid 3 T oil 2 C boiling water Mix together the dry ingredients, add the oil and water. Stir quickly, mixing well, and when it is cool enough to handle, knead with your hands. Store this in an airtight container. Have you ever made your own play doh or craft dough? I have made a variety. Please feel free to tell your experiences.
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@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
18 May 09
I made it before but don't remember the recipe. I have also made home made paper mache before. When my son was in head start I would help out in the clsasroom. I came up with this bright idea. We had a room full of 3 and 4 yr. olds. We made paper mache Easter egg baskets with balloons. We then painted them when they were dried. We cut out a whole and put grass inside and candy. They were a big hit with the kids. It also wasn't as big a mess as I thought it would have been.
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@GardenGerty (91240)
• Marion, Kansas
18 May 09
Great idea, the Easter baskets. When we did papier mache we would do it in the sensory table (water table) and it kept the mess kind of all in one place.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 May 09
My Mom made me some when I was a kid. I worked in a school where a teacher made some. Much cheaper than buying it.
@GardenGerty (91240)
• Marion, Kansas
18 May 09
It sure is, and you have a lot more choices, too. I even melted old crayons it it I think. I will have to try it again and see as I have not done it in about five years.
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• Canada
17 May 09
My mother used to make homemade playdough for my sister and I, all the time when we were growing up. It was much cheaper than the stuff you'd buy in the cans at the store, and the expensive kits to go with them. She made them herself, and coloured them herself. Not sure if she used kool-aid, but whatever she used, she did a great job.
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@GardenGerty (91240)
• Marion, Kansas
17 May 09
I have lots of different craft clay recipes. Someone had asked about this one when I mentioned it in another discussion and I hoped we could discuss some of them here or bring up cool memories like you have from your childhood. I used to make this as gifts at holiday time for the kids. Thanks for responding.
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
18 May 09
I am not really sure. I have a daughter but she never liked to do those kinds of things with me in the kitchen. She is 17 now. I hope someone can help.
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
19 May 09
Good craft recipe! I never would have thought of using KoolAid as a coloring agent. (Duh!!) My favorite homemade Playdoh recipe is just a little bit different, with mine it's a "no-stick" and it never gets hard! Believe me, I do know it's true because when my kids were little and had bunk beds, I'd clean under them but never move the legs of the bed. When we went to move (when they were too old for Playdoh by a few years) there underneath the back legs back by the wall was this wad of my homemade dough under the leg on top of the rug. I was truly amazed because it never got hard or stuck to the floor and rug. It washed right off and didn't ruin one thing. (I wish I could say the same for the real Playdoh brand that plasticized wherever it fell and got ground into the rug.) I never bought the real stuff after getting this recipe, it was too easy. I made some for my grandson last spring, and he used all his Playdoh whizzies making stuff. I stuck the dough into ziplocks to separate the colors, and I found them in his toy chest today and they are just as moist and workable as they were last summer. Here's my recipe: Homemade Non-Stick Playdough 3 cups flour 1 1/2 cups salt 6 Tablespoons cream of tartar (may use 4 or 5 Tbsp if short...it will still work ok) 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (liq. cooking oil) 3 Cups water Mix all ingredients together well. Cook on medium heat in a large kettle (stirring constantly) until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan. (You'll know when it's ready because it'll pretty much roll itself into a ball) Remove from heat and let cool. When cool, knead it some and then divide it into 4 pieces. Knead a different color of food coloring into each one. Only add a few drops at a time until you get the color you want. This makes about 2 pounds worth of Playdough. Store it in the fridge in ziplock bags, or in Tupperware containers (needs to be kept air-tight) Keeps at least 6 months this way. Although I have had it last much longer than that without it fouling or anything. What's nice about these homemade recipes is that they're 100% non-toxic, so it's safe with the toddlers.
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@GardenGerty (91240)
• Marion, Kansas
24 May 09
Very similar to one we used at HeadStart. I would have to compare it later, cause I have it in my files. I need to make play doh to take to my granddaughter next week.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
25 May 09
thats the recipe my mom used to use!
• United States
17 May 09
Yea it's really wierd! ( please respond to my new post)
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@GardenGerty (91240)
• Marion, Kansas
17 May 09
Not sure why you think it is weird, would you care to expand on that. Also, do not ask people to respond to you, go out and make friends here, and they will respond to you. Also put something in your response that we can discuss. I am not saying this to be mean, but because I would like you to feel that you can succeed here.
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@ElicBxn (60083)
• United States
18 May 09
my mother used to make that kind, except for no Kool aid - just white, we could paint it after it was dry
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@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
26 Jun 09
We have used that, it is the best smelling pay dough ever. Here is a recipe for another one, it is not original, but it is all over the internet, and in books so I don't think it is a secret or copyrighted recipe: Peanut Butter Modeling Clay 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup nonfat dry milk 2/3 cup powdered sugar Place the dry milk and the peanut butter in a large bowl mix them up, and then add the powdered sugar and work it in with hands. Obviously this is edible as well.
@djonghs (560)
• Indonesia
26 Jun 09
I've made a playdoh for daughter, but the recipe not as comprehensive as yours... I will try yours later, and see how my daughter act to it. Thanks a lot. BR.b
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@GardenGerty (91240)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Jun 09
I hope you have lots of fun with your daughter.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
26 Jun 09
Oh, very creative. May we use this in our cook book???? We could definitely make a section for Kid Friendly Craft Recipes. Sounds fantastic actually.
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@GardenGerty (91240)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Jun 09
Certainly. I always have liked to share.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thank you for these recipes. I may want to try them for fun sometime. No, I don't have any play dough recipes, I'm sorry to say. I used to play with play quite a bit when I was a child. I just never had heard of any you can make at home, though. I may be interested in the craft dough sometime because I like to do crafts. I used to paint t-shirts and make earrings. I really enjoyed that. They really take a lot of time and I haven't done any in a long time. Kathy.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
25 May 09
Playdough rocks! My mom used to make us playdoh when we were kids - the store bought stuff was too expensive and dried out too fast. She used to use food colouring to colour ours. Your post was the first time I'd ever heard of koolaid being used to colour playdough - I have heard of it being used to colour hair though!. Mom used to keep our playdough in a ziplock baggie. We also were told not to eat it - my hands tasted very salty after playing with it and they were very dry for a while too.