We make play dough a lot but yesterday I really wanted to try something different. I have heard of making play dough by using Kool Aid and although we have Kool Aid in Kuwait, it is quite expensive so I thought we could maybe try an alternative that is similar to Kool Aid but much cheaper over here. We decided to use Tang, a powdered fruit drink that you add water to. I was hoping that Tang would replace the food colouring I usually use to colour play dough but also give it a lovely scent.
The recipe is really easy to follow and the play dough turned out great. It has a great soft and stretchy texture and they all smell and look amazing! We used three different flavours of Tang – Mixed Berries, Strawberry, Orange & Mango and Lemon & Mint. I put the three different types of playdough out on a tray for O to explore with some silicone cupcake holders, coloured straws (cut up), googly eyes, pom poms and crescent shaped gems/stones. He made some ‘cakes’ with decorations and candles and some silly faces with his playdough.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 sachet of Tang
1 cup water
1 tbsp oil (we used olive oil, but you could use any type of oil)
What we did:
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and Tang in a saucepan.
- Add the water and oil and cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes or until the dough forms a ball, stirring frequently.
- Set aside on a plate to cool.