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Making Playdough & Letters of the Alphabet

My daughter will be entering kindergarten in a few months. At kindergarten orientation, my daughter received some fun activities to do over the summer to prepare for kindergarten. Two recipes for making play dough are noted below. After you make the play dough, use it to make both upper and lower case letters.

As always learning should be fun!

Playdough Recipe #1 Playdough Recipe #2
  • 2 cups flower
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • Food coloring (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Microware 4-5 minutes. Stir. Repeat
until thick. Knead until playdough is soft.

  • 1 package Kool-Aid™
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon alum
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 ¾ cups boiling water
  • 2 ½ cups flour

Mix Kool-Aid, salt, alum and oil.
Add boiling water. Stir in flour
Knead on lightly floured board.

Personally I have an aversion to food coloring and would not recommend that step as I always seem to walk away with stained fingers. Isn’t dying eggs once a year good enough?

So I opted to nix the food coloring (it was optional) and used whole wheat flour so perhaps that altered the final product. My children played with it and had fun making letters, but the smell was unusual which prompted me to smell store bought playdough which definitely smelt better.

If you are like me and you’re baking is somewhat limited you may not know that both cream of tartar and alum are spices. Since I didn’t know what alum and cream of tartar were; I needed to consult my grocer and buy them. I spent almost $8.50 on two spices – yikes! How much does playdough cost? In addition, I now need to replenish both my flour and salt supplies.

Honestly, I’d save your time and money and simply buy your playdough. While we did have fun making it, I would recommend another activity to occupy your time and spend your money.

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