Saturday, August 15th, 2009 at 2:04 pm
re-post from September 15, 2006
While most of us mamas agree that Kool-Aid is not good for our kids to drink, many of us have found numerous other uses for this super cheap powdery drink mix.
There are Kool-Aid project recipes on the internet, too, along with other variations of the recipes I have listed below.
My favorite Kool-Aid project is Play-Dough. My kids love making this and I love how yummy the house smells afterwards.
What you will need:
1 cup flour
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 package Kool-Aid (or Kool-Aid equivalent)
1/4 cup salt
2 Tbs cream of tartar
1 cup water
glitter – if you are brave
Mix your flour, salt, cream of tartar, and drink mix in a medium pot.
Add water and oil and stir over medium heat for about 4 minutes.
Remove when mixture forms a ball and immediately knead until smooth, add glitter if you are crazy. Be careful because it will be very hot for a few seconds.
Your kids can play with it immediately but sometimes it helps to firm it up by putting it in a container in the refrigerator for a little while, although we have never done this. Keep fresh by storing in an air tight container.
Things we have learned while making and using Kool-Aid play dough…
- Drink mixes that are pre-sugared will cause the play dough to, well, not be dough.
- Kool-Aid play dough does NOT taste good, despite how delicious it smells.
- The fact that Kool-Aid play dough doesn’t taste good will not stop many small kidlets, or the dog from eating it.
- Although it is non-toxic for people, our dog does not tolerate it well and he is a large 85 lb dog. I will not go into detail here but I recommend not letting your pets sneak the pieces that fall on the floor.
- Glitter. Enough said.
Dying fabric with Kool-Aid.
Yippee for crock pots!!!
Dying fabric in your Crock Pot is super easy! This won’t work with all fabrics. Silk works well. I have heard that wool does too. I guess you could probably try different swatches of fabric to see what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t have a crock pot you can use a large pot with a lid on the stove.
Make sure that your fabric is clean and wet.
Fill your Crock Pot with water and add 1 to 3 packets of your coloring. The more you add the darker your color will turn out.
Add your fabric and turn your Crock Pot to high.
When your Crock Pot is nice and hot turn the heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Rinse your fabric and wash with soap in very warm water.