Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kool-Aid Playdough - Another Frugal Boredom Buster

Our company headed on their way yesterday. Since, the children are always a little droopy after friends leave, I've learned to prepare a distraction. This time it was a few batches of scented playdough.

This recipe is quick, because it doesn't require cooking. I usually prefer the texture of the cooked doughs better, but with the addition of the Kool-Aid, there are some fun colors and scents to distract from the slightly grainy texture.

For each color you need:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of flour

  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup of salt

  • 1 package of unsweetened Kool-Aid

  • 1 cup of boiling water

Simply mix the ingredients together, and knead the dough until it is a little firm, and no longer sticky. The dough is ready in minutes from start to finish, and the cleanup is minimal (from the mixing anyway - the cleanup from the playing is the normal horrific playdough mess!)

Save one package of the Kool-Aid for drinking. Give the kids the playdough, and a few random cookie cutters. Stick in an entertaining book on tape, and the children will think it's a party! At the very least, it should drive away a droopy afternoon.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

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