I have to admit to you that I am the world’s worst play dough maker. Seriously. When my kids were in pre-school the school gave me a pass on my turn as play dough mom. That was after three different “fail proof” recipes turned out runny or crumbly. That was the beginning and ending of my homemade play dough career.
These days, my 12 year old daughter makes the play dough. She’s pretty good at it. Her favorite recipe is one that uses Jello. The kids love the color, the sweet scent, and the smooth texture. We like it better than store bought!
Jello Play Dough Recipe
- 1 cup flour + 1/2 cup extra
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1-3ounce package of Jello
1. Combine all ingredients (except the extra amount of flour) in a bowl.
2. When mixed, pour into non-stick sauce pan and heat on low. Stir until a ball of dough forms. Be patient. It might take a while, but it does happen.
3. Place ball of dough on wax paper to cool. When cool, knead dough adding extra flour as needed until dough is smooth and not sticky. Store in a zip top plastic bag up to two months.
What’s your favorite fail proof homemade play dough recipe?
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By contributing writer Marci
Manic Mom says
How cool is that??? I love this and can’t wait to try this with Kaden!
Just a quick FYI-The Jello Play Dough is AWESOME ! I made 4 colors/flavors about a month ago and put each color in their own airtight container only to come home from vacation and find them all filled with mold. This was disappointing b/c the cream of tartar was a little pricey to make this quantity so I would suggest cutting the recipe in half some way (measure out the jello and cut it in half and save the remaining to make another batch down the road)