Homemade Jello PlaydoughPosted by TheCraftyCollab on Jan 28, 2013 in Craftiness, Kids Stuff | 1 comment
PlaydoughRecipe.org has a nearly 20 recipes for homemade playdough to share. We were excited to learn about their Jello Playdough which uses the fruity gelatin to add light color and a yummy aroma.
With cold temps outside and antsy kids inside, this sounded like a recipe for a fun afternoon!
Please click here to visit PlaydoughRecipe.org and see the instructions that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Sheri
Mission: Attempting to make my own play-dough for the first time ever. The boys’ school has sent a homemade play-dough recipe home with us every year but we’ve never made it. However, this recipe was different, this recipe called for Jello. It’s going to smell yummy. I must admit I was a bit frightened after our disappointment when we made our own finger paints.
I read the instructions multiple times before starting. I decided NOT to include the kids in this one. The recipe scared me a bit. It let me know that there was a large margin for failure. What I got out of it…keep stirring and don’t burn it!
- I chose Melon-Burst Jello. It smelled good and was a light color that let me make the dough blue and green dough, as the kids requested.
- I first combined all of the ingredients in a bowl.
- I then put the ingredients in a sauce pan and kept stirring, and stirring, and stirring some more. Sip of wine, stir some more. Finally it started to tighten up and form a ball.
- I dumped it onto wax paper to cool. As I examined the blob I began to think I should have let it cook a little bit more, it looked a bit sticky. Well it didn’t just look sticky, it was sticky. I ended up adding quite a bit of flour to it to tighten it up.
- Then I added gel food coloring. I was worried that this would end up staining the kids’ hands when they played with it, but it didn’t.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Adding flour while kneading will help to tighten it up, also gel food coloring works fantastic for this project.
It smells really good and it wasn’t difficult to make.
If you don’t get it just right, it’s rather sticky and a waste.
Well we definitely have some great melon smelling play-dough! Logan keeps putting it up to his nose.
I’m not thrilled with the consistency, I think I should have left it on the heat a little longer, but they don’t seem to mind. They were able to work with it and build their snowmen and reptiles.
Reviewer #2 – Sarah
Mission: To create some fun with my kids and have an activity to entertain them.
This household LOVES playdough – seriously, my kids are infatuated with it! We have made lots of homemade playdough before and I always keep some in the fridge on-hand for them to play with. My tried and true playdough recipe uses Kool-Aid as a color addition – and it adds great flavor for those kids that eat it! Come on, who hasn’t tried it before?!? I was excited to try this version using Jello instead of Kool-Aid
- I had everything on-hand already the day we made this, which always gets a project going on the right foot.
- We had Black Cherry Jello, so our playdough turned a deep pink hue.
- The steps were very easy to follow and it came together very quickly and easily. My kids were playing with their new playdough in no time!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Let your playdough sit a bit to cool before you begin kneading it into the floured surface – it is very hot!
Quick, easy, cheap and a fun activity for you and your kids.
The use of Jello made our playdough a bit softer than we are used to.
This isn’t necessarily a con, but something I noticed as a difference to our previous playdough.
So much fun! My kids played with it for at least an hour using their fun rolling pin, cookie cutters and their darling imaginations. We will be making it again!
Reviewer #3 – Amanda
Mission: Try out a new playdough recipe that the kiddos can enjoy and that isn’t too much work to make.
- I used Strawberry Jello, although the flavor really didn’t matter since I was already planning to add food coloring, too.
- My kids (and by “kids” I mean me) LOVE color so I kicked it up a notch by adding a couple drops of Wilton Neon Gel Food Color in Magenta. As you can see we are talking BRIGHT folks!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
I did not dirty an additional bowl by pre-mixing all of my ingredients before putting them in the pan and deeply regret this. I think it added a lot of extra stirring in the cooking process. I definitely suggest following the instructions precisely!
The texture was lovely as was the smell! Sweet and fruity thank to the Strawberry Jello.
I did not enjoy the stirring process that cooking on the stove required.
My go-to playdough recipe involves the microwave and my KitchenAid mixer. I do prefer that method but really wanted to give this one a shot.
Also, after only a couple of weeks the playdough grew some fiercely disgusting mold and I had to toss it. My go-to recipe has NEVER molded.
I do not think I will be making this one again only because I already have a recipe that I have had great success with in the past with much less work.
I did like the idea that all of the ingredients were edible. My go-to recipe happens to call for baby oil, so that would be a point for the Jello version!