Monday, March 28, 2011

Jello Play Dough Recipe

My three favorite days of the year are the Town Wide Tag Sale in Oct. and the spring and fall MOPS consignment sales I work.  This weekend was the MOPS sale, and I brought home two “new” play-doh kits (and was surprised to learn that there were two we didn’t have.)  To celebrate, we decided to make a batch of homemade play dough.  We usually like the kool-aid variety, especially grape because it makes purple and smells heavenly.  Unfortunately, kool-aid isn’t something we normally keep in the house and this was an impulse thing.  We DO however have a veritable plethora of jello! 

jello play dough
Here is the recipe from

Jello Playdough

Wondering what to do with all of that jello you bought on sale but never seem to have the time to make into something? Here's a really cute recipe for using it to make scented playdough. The kids love it!

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 T. cream of tartar
2 T. Vegetable oil
1 c. warm water
1 three oz. pkg. jello (any flavor)

Combine ingredients and cook over medium heat until it thickens and pulls away from the sides of pot and becomes dull. * Note: it burns easily so don't put over too high a heat and keep stirring. Mold and knead until cool enough to touch. Store in a closed plastic bag.

Funny side story:  So, I only had about one tablespoon of cream of tartar (recipe calls for two), and we live 20 min. from the closest grocery store.  Luckily, my in-laws live next door.  My MIL is probably the most resourceful person I know, for her habit of saving EVERYTHING if nothing else.  She kept all my husband’s toys that my kids now enjoy.  So I didn’t think cream of tartar would be an issue.

Sure enough, this is what my FIL brought over.

I thought, ‘How trendy!  Look at that cute retro design.’  And then, ‘Wait a minute!  This IS my MIL we’re talking about.’  I turned the container upside down and BAM!


Yes, you are reading that correctly.  This cream of tartar “expired” in Sept. of 1977, which means it was manufactured before that.  This little container is older than the hubs and me.  HA!  I don’t think cream of tartar ever really expires anyway.  At least I didn’t feel nervous about using it in a play dough recipe.  And while I’m usually one for taste exploration, the next pic was only of slight concern. 

Sorry, kids!  This time we’re not eating the play dough…