Thought it was about time for another tutorial…so how ’bout some Jell-O Playdough!!!
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Pour your dry ingredients into the medium saucepan (The stove is cold so little fingers don’t accidentally get burned – even Ironman must follow safety precautions!)
Add liquid ingredients and stir (again, off heat source)
Stir til a smooth consistency. Then turn on the heat and have the adult stir consistently.
Keep stirring, you’re super close…
Remove from heat.
Knead the playdough to get all the lumps out. You’ll want to use your spoon or scraper, this stuff is HOT!
Spread thin to let cool for a bit.
Knead into a ball.
I think my favorite thing about the gelatin playdoh instead of the bought stuff…is the texture. Much smoother and doesn’t dry out my hands as much. It’s also not quite as stiff, which can be a detriment to your creative process, but if you let it dry out a bit it’s a little stiffer.
Oh, and did I mention the SMELL! Oh. My. Goodness! SO much better than Play-Doh! It’s scented all fruity and yummy. I have a hard time convincing the baby it’s not food! (One note here, do NOT use pineapple Jell-O if you’re after a good aroma…that’s the only one that doesn’t translate well when cooked into playdough. Yuck.)
So there you have it, give it a try yourself and let me know how it turns out for you! See you next time!
1 c. Flour
1/2 c. Salt
2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
1 package Jell-O (3 oz, the smaller box)
2 Tbsp. Cooking Oil (vegetable, olive, sunflower…whatever you have on hand that can handle the heat)
1 c. hot water
Whisk together your dry ingredients in a medium saucepan so there’s no lumps. Add oil and water and stir with rubber scraper or wooden spoon til uniform consistency.
*Adults only – Turn on the stove and stir constantly over med-high heat for awhile (3-6 minutes?) When it starts pulling into a ball and becomes kinda dull in appearance, remove it from heat and dump it onto a surface that handles heat well. Knead with utensils for a bit til all your lumps are worked out. Spread thin and let cool a bit*
When cool enough to play, knead to smooth consistency and play away!
Store in air-tight container (tupperware or ziploc works well) at room temperature.