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Kool-Aid Playdough (and blow darts!)

Yesterday, Jack and I stopped by the local grocery store and they had a sale on kool-aid.  I don’t make kool-aid to drink but I buy it on sale for craft recipes.  🙂  We picked out a handful of good colors and then he chose one (Electric Blue!)  to make Kool-Aid Playdough with.

Here’s the recipe:

   Kool-Aid Playdough


    * 1 c flour
    * 1/2 c salt
    * 3 T cooking oil
    * 1 pkg unsweetened, powdered drink mix like kool-aid
    * 1 c boiling water

   1. Mix together flour, salt, oil, and Kool-aid.
   2. Add the cup of boiling water. Mix well and allow to cool slightly.
   3. Knead the mixture until it forms a soft dough.  It feels especially wonderful while still warm!
   4. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

(Note: this is non-toxic but won’t taste very good!)

I tried to make up my weekly menu while Jack played with the dough, but he wanted me to join in so I did.  It really is so soft and warm and wonderful to handle!  It smells really nice too, but not overpowering.

I cut some straws into short shapes to use as candles or other building bits, and then I discovered that if I poked holes with them repeatedly I got bits of playdough stuck in the straws.  A quick blow to dislodge some playdough led to the discovery of playdough blow darts, I’m afraid!

Victoria came home a little while later and found us gleefully shooting playdough at each other across the table.  😉  She had to join in!  I must say it was completely unfair, two against one!  I had playdough in my hair and tiny bits of it on the floor, and some apparently even went down my shirt.  Boy did that result in giggles. 
Lucky for them, my kitchen is perpetually messy and I figured a little playdough wouldn’t hurt anything.   See, it’s good to be messy!  That’s it —  I do it intentionally in order to be a good mother.  😉

If you haven’t made Kool-Aid Playdough before, I highly recommend it.  Blow darts are optional (but okay, pretty darn fun).

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New Ways to Use Egg Dye Tablets?

Saturday, the kids and I helped Grandma with the annual Easter egg dyeing.  We used double the dye tablets to make really deep, bright colors, and used page protectors (those little white O stickers) and rubber bands to make some neat patterns.

As I was dumping out the dye afterwards, it struck me how bright the colored water was and that there must be another use for that marvelous stuff after the egg dyeing is over.

I’m sure it would be fabulous with eyedroppers and coffee filters, for example.  Drip colored water onto the filters and make neat tie-dye patterns.

You could probably use is as watercolor paint.

But I’m wondering what else we could use the stuff for.  This is the time of year to snatch up a ton of the kits, since they go on clearance for as little as 10 cents a pack. 

I wonder if you could mix them with vinegar to dissolve them and then add a little white glue or maybe some corn starch to thicken….

Has anybody ever seen a recipe using these little dye tablets for children’s crafts?  Please share if you know of one or if you make one up with your kiddos!

I think we’ll try some experiments ourselves this week.  🙂  I’ll let you know if we have any success!

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Squirt Painting!

I’m still under the weather but I pulled this craft from the Magical Childhood craft archives if you’re looking for some slightly messy fun.

Squirt Painting

Here’s a fun craft using stuff you probably already have in your cupboards.

You need:
food coloring
2 or more squirt bottles such as bottles from syrup, glue, ketchup, mustard or chocolate syrup
bowl and spoon
disposable cardboard box (optional)

Mix some flour with enough water to make a thick paint-like consistency.  Mix in a few drops of food coloring and pour it into a squirt bottle.  Repeat for as many colors as you’d like.  We do three.

Place a piece of paper at the bottom of your cardboard box.  The box will keep the mess contained.  If you like, you can cut off the flaps or cut down the size to make it work best.  Or you can skip this step and do the craft outside or over a safe surface.  Remember that food coloring can stain, so if this is a problem you may want to tint the flour/water with washable paint instead.

Now let your kiddos drizzle, draw and squirt to their heart’s content!

We consider this kind of art "camera art"– meaning it is too messy to keep forever so we take a picture of each creation and drop the finished creations right into a bag to dispose of. We save out one or two of the best to display all day, though.

Another option that’s great for little ones is to do the craft in a baking dish and squirt right into the dish.  Kids can draw with their fingers in the goop and then you can rinse in the sink and start again.

This can even be done straight onto driveways or patios. Toddlers will enjoy it with just flour and water in a single bottle. Best of all, it’s so cheap and easy they can do it again and again.

Note: Squirt paint won’t be tasty but it is non-toxic (unless you mix in paint).  For babes who eat a lot of their art supplies, you can also make it with baby cereal and water.  Sneaky, huh?  😉




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Scratch & Sniff Watercolors

When we end up with packets of stuff like Kool-aid, it ends up in our craft drawer for fun recipes like this one.  The colors are nice and bright and it smells nice and fruity.  🙂

Scratch & Sniff Watercolors

1 Tbs. unsweetened powdered drink mix
1 Tbs. warm water
several small containers (muffin tins work well)

Mix water & drink mix together in a small bowl.  Repeat this step several times, using various flavors of drink mix to create different colors of paint.  Allow to dry overnight before scratching & sniffing!

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