Written by Monthly Contributor, Daniele Evans, from Domestic Serenity.
Now here’s an activity that’s fun for the kids, and makes the kitchen smell yummy!
Including young ones in the kitchen doesn’t always need to be creating something to eat. My boys, ages 7 and almost 4, were happy to join me in making some new play dough for the summer months.
With the upcoming July 4th holiday, I thought they would enjoy some red, white and blue scented play dough…and I was right!
We had already tried blueberry play dough before, so the recipe wasn’t new–though I tweaked it a little.
Patriotic Play Dough
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 pkgs of Kool-Aid mix (choose 2 of the same flavor) OR 1/2 oz of liquid Kool-Aid
- 4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup flour
Mix water, oil, Kool-Aid dry mix or liquid and salt into a medium saucepan. Cook until salt is dissolved and then add in flour and cream of tartar. Mix well until it forms into a ball, remove from heat and let cool completely before handling. Enjoy!
*You’ll need to make this recipe twice – once for blue (Kool-Aid ice blue raspberry) and once for red (strawberry or cherry). We used this recipe to make sparkling white play dough. To make the white scented, try 2-3 drops of essential oil or a clear extract such as peppermint; add in after the play dough is cooked and cooled. Knead well.
For this simple recipe, here’s what kids can do:
- measure the water and oil
- measure all dry ingredients, learning how to do it evenly
- mix first ingredients into the pan
An adult would need to do the cooking & stirring. Of course, the kiddos will be ready to play when it’s all cooled down.
Daniele is a homeschooling Mama of five kiddos and a voracious reader of books. Passionate about her faith, home and family, she blogs about the intentional lifestyle at Domestic Serenity and writes for other online and print publications. Daniele thinks life is made more enjoyable with a cup of herbal tea in hand!