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Play Dough Fun Recipes for Kids

Published July 16, 2010        by Rae Ann

Homemade Play Dough RecipesIf you're looking to get out of the heat this summer and need a fun indoor activity, how about whipping up some play dough or clay in your own kitchen!  With a few ingredients you find around your home, you can create hours of fun!

Scented Kool-Aid Play Dough


2 1/2 C. Flour
1/2 C. Salt
2 packages of Kool-Aid®
2 C. Boiling Water
1/4 C. Oil


1. Mix together the flour, salt, and Kool-aid®
2. Boil 2 Cups of Water
3. At the same time, mix the boiling water and oil into the dry mix.
4. Kneed the dough until it becomes the consistency you desire. (Lots of kneeding!)

Store in a zip-lock baggie.


Cornstarch Clay


1 cup salt
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Food coloring or tempera paints (optional)


1. Heat the salt and 1/3 cup of water over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. (An adult should prepare this mixture, which gets quite hot and bubbly.)
2. Remove from heat and add the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. The mixture should now look like thick mashed potatoes; stir until it thickens.
3. Let cool for a few minutes before kneading. If the dough feels too sticky at first, work in some extra cornstarch as you knead.
4. Add food coloring, if desired.

Great to make small bowls, a lasting impression of your child's hand, or Christmas ornaments. Dries within 1-4 days (depending on size of item). Cornstarch Clay will keep unrefrigerated for up to 2 weeks when stored with a small bit of wet sponge in a plastic bag or sealed container.

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