While we await the big thaw, we keep testing out indoor activities. My four-year-old wanted to make cookies; but then I will spend the remainder of the week eating all the cookies. It all goes down like this:
KID: Mommy, can we have some cookies?
ME: You have to eat your lunch, and then you can have a cookie. (When Kid is not looking, sneak a cookie and shove into mouth. Repeat as necessary.)
Using my masterful skills of misdirection, I asked if he wanted to make some "messy stuff" instead - which is usually saved for outdoor play, where messes do not matter. But desperate times, ya know?
We decided to make some homemade play dough, instead of cookie dough. A quick search for recipes yielded this simple, no-cook version. Bonus: we had all of the ingredients on hand.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 envelope of unsweetened Kool-Aid OR sugar-free Jell-O
- 1 cup boiling water
1. Mix together the flour, salt, oil, and Kool-Aid or Jell-O in a bowl.
2. Pour in the boiling water; mix well. Once cool enough to handle, AN ADULT should knead the dough until smooth.
3. Have fun with your fun dough! Be sure to store in a sealed container after playing. Storing in the refrigerator will extend the life of the dough. However, our dough has been in containers on the counter for a week and it is fine.
Since the original request was to make cookies, and since all of the ingredients in this fun dough are edible (NOTE: the dough is technically edible, but it will taste awful), we used the rolling pin and the real cookie cutters.
I hope you have fun with this quick and easy fun dough. As always, thanks for reading.