We spend lots of time at home making stuff out of whatever we can find in our cabinets- laughing, playing, and doing things together while building our relationships. As a mom, I always want to cultivate creative opportunities for my kiddos and I want them to have memories with each other. These are the things I repeat in my head as I’m scraping dried play doh out of the creases of my kitchen table.

This easy & inexpensive DIY was a hit with my kiddos so I thought I’d share! My two oldest are always asking to help in the kitchen, this recipe allowed them to mix and mash while learning some simple cooking skills.

Many of you have probably made a version of home made play dough but adding Jell-O is a safe color additive and it smells amazing! Here is how we did it..

 
You will need the following ingredients for each color:
-1 cup of white flour
-1 cup of water
-2 tablespoons of salt
-2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
-3 oz. pack of Jello

Let your kiddos mix all of the ingredients together in a saucepan until most of the lumps are gone.

Cook slowly over low heat and stir until it thickens into a ball of dough.

Remove from heat and let cool.

 

 

 

After it has cooled, let their imaginations run wild!

Of course, you could run to Wal-mart and grab a tub of commercial play dough but I found that this project was a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Along with developing fine motor skills, play dough is a great way to stimulate the imagination. Check out this article on the benefits of play dough for our kiddos:  http://childhood101.com/2011/02/playdough-plasticine-clay-for-kids-making-little-hands-stronger/ .

A couple disclosures: don’t let the fruity smell decieve you, this play doh is not tasty at all!

Also this play doh will expire, I would recommend storing it in an air tight container to preserve.