Kool-Aid Play Dough
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Make Kool-Aid play dough for a bright, smelly, and fun sensory dough for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. Playdough trays are open-ended invitations to play and explore using the items provided on the tray, usually around a theme or specific topic. Keep reading for the FREE homemade play dough recipe!
Check out the FREE Play Dough Tray Guide for over 50 play dough tray themes!
Benefits of Play Dough
- Multi-Sensory and PLAY-based
- Students will be interacting, playing, and learning together.
- Integrates the arts!
- Calming & relaxing for students
Skills students will develop are:
- Upper arm and shoulder dexterity
- Fine motor skills
- Overall hand, wrist, and finger strength
- Hand-eye coordination
- Scissor skills
- Bilateral integration
- Imagination and creativity
- Problem-solving skills
- Social skills
- Taking turns
- Self-help skills
- Oral language
- Independent & cooperative play
- Exploring measurement and spatial awareness
- The specific literacy, science, or math skill or objective for the activity
How to Make Kool-Aid Play Dough
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tsp. of cream of tartar
- 2 cup water
- 2 Tbsp. of vegetable oil
- 4 Kool-Aid packets per batch
How to Make the Easy Recipe:
Measure and mix all ingredients together in a saucepan off the heat until all the clumps are gone. Put it on the stove and set it to a medium heat. Continuously stir the mixture. When it pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms one large ball, it is done (if any of the play doh is sticky, it needs to cook a bit longer). Let it cool. Knead the dough and have FUN! Once completely cooled, store the dough in an air-tight bag (no need to refrigerate).
*NOTE: To get the vibrant colors in the photo, I added gel food coloring to get the different colors. You can also use food coloring or liquid watercolor.
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How to Store Kool-Aid Play Dough:
I like to store my homemade play-doh in a zippered Ziploc bag so little learners can open and close them independently. Just be sure to use a plastic bag or airtight container to prevent it from drying out.
I can’t wait for your young children to play with this kool-aid play dough that is bright and has a yummy smell! I think it is the best kool aid playdough recipe! If you need some ideas on how to implement play dough in your classroom, grab the FREE play dough tray guide. This resource has pictures and supply lists for over 50 themes! There are fun things to add for little hands and playdough mats.
Check out how to start and use play dough trays in your classroom.
Get ideas for play dough trays for the whole year!
Check out this video for more information about play dough trays!
Grab the homemade playdough recipe here!
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