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In the Kitchen

A Playing Dough Kind of Day

playing dough

It was a play dough making kind of day! With a gray chill in the air, my little guy and I decided to hole up at home, crank the heater and have a little fun.  My son requested orange dough the other day, so I snagged a cheap box of said-colored gelatin during my last grocery shopping trip and was thankful to have it on hand.

My little guy loves to mix all the ingredients for this gelatin-based recipe and even stir for a bit, but it doesn’t take long for his little arms to get tired and relinquish the spoon to mama. I really don’t blame him; even my arms get tired before the dough completely cooks. The key to this recipe is to just keep stirring as it cooks — it will set up, eventually.

playing dough

If you’re looking for some creative ways to spend the last several chilly days of winter, you might give this playing dough recipe a go. It’s not cheaper than buying the original stuff at the store, but it is a lot more fun.

Jell-O Playdough
Homemade playdough that feels like the real thing.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 c white flour
  2. 1 c warm water
  3. 2 tbsp. salt
  4. 2 tbsp. cream of tartar
  5. 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  6. 1 Jello pack (3 oz.)
  7. extra flour for kneading
Instructions
  1. Mix all of the ingredients (except extra kneading flour) together in a small saucepan until the lumps are gone.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens into a big ball of dough. (Stir until you can't stir anymore.)
  3. Turn out the dough on a flour covered surface, cutting board or mat.
  4. Let the dough cool.
  5. Add flour and knead the dough until it is no longer sticky (1/2 cup to 1 cup of flour).
Notes
  1. The dough should stay good for a few weeks if placed in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Modern Parents, Messy Kids
Adapted from Modern Parents, Messy Kids
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2 Comments

    • Small Talk Mama

      Thanks for stopping by, Crystal. I have to admit that the Jello was not my idea (Pinterest). I believe the toys were a gift from a couple of years ago, so I haven’t a clue where they were purchased. You might try Target online or Amazon. My niece finds some of the coolest Playdoh stuff.

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