March 12, 2010 by Flora Dawn
Gluten Free Kool-aid Playdough Directions:
- In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, cream of tarter, Kool-aid, and oil until combined.
- Add boiling water and stir until blended. Allow to cool; knead to blend color if necessary.
- Store in airtight bag or container in the refrigerator.
Play dough is a favorite past time for many young children, however it is also full of wheat. Since gluten-free versions are quite overpriced and difficult to find in stores, I decided to make a version that was not only safe for my daughter to play with, but extremely inexpensive as well.
I found the Kool-aid recipe I used to make years ago for my oldest daughter. It makes a playdough with a really nice scent, color and texture, and it doesn’t dry out quickly.
Although I wouldn’t encourage it and I doubt it tastes good, it’s made up of entirely edible ingredients, making it safe for small children. My daughter seems past the eating playdough phase, but I hate to buy or make the regular wheat-based stuff, since we have worked so hard to get wheat out of our lives.
I used my old recipe, but changed the flour to rice flour and it worked. I am thinking next time I will use the really fine rice flour from the Asian store to get an even smoother texture. Even if you are not gluten free, you can follow the directions below, using all-purpose flour. It really makes wonderful playdough either way.
Making your own playdough is quick, easy, and inexpensive. Most kids enjoy watching or helping you make it, so it’s a good rainy day activity. And what kid doesn’t love play dough?
It has a similar enough texture that it works with the Play-Doh brand toys as well; my daughter loves this monkey toy.