Monday, June 23, 2014

Cherry Vanilla Scented Play Dough Recipe

Last week I shared a quick no-cook recipe for dough. The dough itself was easy to make and fun for the kids, but it just didn't have that soft dough-y feel for me.  As I was chatting with some other blogging friends of mine, I discovered a huge secret to making your own play dough.  All these years, I had been consumed by the fact that I just didn't want to spend $3 for a tiny container of Cream of Tartar at the grocery store.  As it turns out, you can buy cream of tartar in bulk from Amazon and it is SO MUCH CHEAPER!  I have discovered a new obsession for making play dough and I will absolutely never buy the plain stuff in the store again.
Cherry Vanilla Scented Play Dough Recipe - Mamas Like Me

Here was our first experience with making our own Homemade Play Dough.  I got the basic dough recipe almost 10 years ago in a book of recipes given to me by a friend on my wedding day.  I am so ashamed to say that it took me almost 10 years to try it out!

For our Cherry Vanilla play dough recipe we used:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
1 pack of cherry Kool-aid
1 teaspoon vanilla

Start by combining the flour, salt, and Cream of Tartar in a large saucepan.
Cherry Vanilla Scented Play Dough Recipe - Mamas Like Me
Mix 1 packet of cherry Kool-aid (or any generic) into 1 cup of warm water.
Cherry Vanilla Scented Play Dough Recipe - Mamas Like Me
Stir the water with Kool-aid, oil, and vanilla into the flour mixture.
Cherry Vanilla Scented Play Dough Recipe - Mamas Like Me
It will look something like this...Cherry Vanilla Scented Play Dough Recipe - Mamas Like Me But as you continue to stir constantly over medium heat, a ball will form.  Cherry Vanilla Scented Play Dough Recipe - Mamas Like Me Remove the pan from heat and let cool before turning onto a work surface to knead for the kids.  I let mine cool for about 10 minutes and then let the kids each have a piece to work with.  It was still warm, but the kids were able to mash it up with no problems!  And, they just LOVED the smell!  My 3-year-old couldn't stop sniffing it as he was playing!
Cherry Vanilla Scented Play Dough Recipe - Mamas Like Me
Since then, we have experimented with grape, and tropical punch Kool-aid, both with great results.  I have another new one to try this week and I'm hoping it's as big a hit as the others have been.  I'm so excited to add a whole new dimension to our play dough fun with new scents and textures.

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