Making Your Own Playdough using Jell-O®

Playdough is fun for kids of all ages, but did you know it is also great fine motor practice? Young children need many opportunities to build the small muscles in their hands in order to color, cut, and write with a pencil in the future. What better way to exercise those muscles than with a yummy-scented playdough!

Here is what you’ll need:

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

1 cup water

1 small box of Jell-O® (any flavor)

1. Have your child help you measure and dump all of the ingredients into a medium-sized pan. Stir all the ingredients together.

2. Place the pan on medium heat. Stir continuously until the dough forms a dry-looking ball in the center of the pan (about 5-10 minutes). Continue stirring for an additional minute.

3. Dump the playdough ball onto the counter or a piece of waxed paper. Knead until smooth (but watch out because the dough will be warm). You will need to soak your pan in hot, soapy water as there will be some crustiness from the playdough left over. It should come off easily once it has been soaked for at least an hour.

4. Cool and store the playdough in a Ziploc bag.

Take it out whenever your little one is ready to play! Use a rolling  in and cookie cutters to add to the fun. Not only will your child enjoy the texture, but the playdough smells delightful as well! This would also be a great homemade gift for Christmas or birthdays.

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