Ok I haven’t always been what I call “a play dough mom”. One time, I brought Jonah to a play date and my friend brought out play dough. I was like “You are a brave woman. I don’t let that stuff in my house.” And she was like, “Ohhh. You’re one of THOSE moms.” And I said, “No. YOU’RE one of those moms.” And then we laughed and secretly judged each other. But now I’ve crossed over to the dough side. Play dough is awesome and amazing and entertaining and such a great learning and sensory tool.
But I probably don’t have to advocate it to you because you’re probably already one of those moms. Anyway, I found this recipe for Jello play dough and had to try it and it does not disappoint. This makes a pretty huge batch and it smells and feels amazing. Zach so eloquently said, “It’s squishier than regular play dough!”. He was pretty excited about that. Other than the consistently (apparently), it’s exactly like the regular stuff. And I should put a disclaimer that although it smells like you could eat it, you cannot. It tastes like someone was making jello and put a cup of salt instead of a cup of sugar.
1 cup of warm water
1 package of Jello (3.5 ounces)
1 cup of white flour
2 tbsp salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp cooking oil
Mix all the ingredients together and stir until most of the lumps are gone. Cook on medium heat, stirring consistently, until you can’t stir anymore. The mixture will reach a doughy consistency and you’ll know when to stop. (Don’t freak out. The stove wasn’t actually on when Jonah was stirring. I’d never leave my two year old near a hot stove by himself.)
Once it’s finished cooking, put the dough ball onto a mat to cool. When it’s cool all the way through (it takes about 20 minutes), it will be really, really sticky. Knead flour into the dough until it’s not sticky anymore. And then you’re done.