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Simple Homemade Jello Playdough Recipe - Make Edible Playdough

Updated on November 15, 2011

Today we are going to look at how to make homemade Jello playdough. This simple recipe for edible playdough is great fun for kids and totally safe. Jello playdough is cheap, hassle free and ideal if you want a fun activity for children to get involved in. This simple recipe is easy to follow and will give you a nice bit of edible playdough that is just perfect for children.

Playdough has to be one of the world’s most popular toys. It has been going strong for many years now. However, the fact is that buying pots of playdough can soon get expensive, so that’s why there are now so many homemade playdough recipes out there. Many of these are even edible so if your child decides to take a bite out of the playdough like so many do, there will be no tummy aches or nasty trips to the toilet. So let’s take a look at this Jello playdough recipe.

Just Use Jello

Jello Edible Playdough Recipe

So the ingredients are very straight forward, the kind of thing that you can find lying around in most kitchens. So for Jello playdough you will need….

1 cup of flour

1 cup of water

Half a cup of salt

2 teaspoons of cream of tarter

1 tablespoon of oil

3oz pack of Jello

Obviously these ingredients are not set in stone nor are the amounts. You can double up to make more playdough or reduce down to make less. Another possibility is to take out the salt and add sugar instead, this does not have quite the same results but if your children are planning on eating it, the playdough will taste far better and not be as bad for them.

The method for this recipe is quite an easy one. It does require using the stove so make sure your children are well supervised. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together in a pan with a wooden spoon. Now stir over a medium heat and the ingredients will start to thicken. When they have the consistency of mashed potato simply turn off the heat and allow to cool for a while. When the playdough has cooled you can take it out the pan and start to work it with your hands, if there is still to much moisture simply add a little flour and this will dry it up. When the playdough is soft and not sticky, it is ready to be played with.

What Next For Your Homemade Playdough?

So now you should have a nice ball of edible Jello playdough. This is non toxic and can be eaten although it is not necessarily the most tasty treat in the world. The only downside to this recipe is that your finished playdough will not last forever. Unlike the stuff you buy in tubs it will eventually start to spoil. To get the most out of it you should let it cool thoroughly then store it in an airtight container, ideally in the refrigerator. This will make it last longer, when you take it out to use again if it has started to go hard you can add a little bit more water.

You should find that your new Jello playdough will last you a good few weeks before it starts to spoil. Then you can have the fun of making it all over again. The reality is that kids seem to enjoy making this almost as much as they enjoy playing with it, so don’t worry about the fact that it will spoil after a while. This simple recipe is both cheap and practical.

There are many other great recipes for homemade edible playdough, for instance there is a great peanut butter recipe, kool aid, oatmeal and quite a few more. Edible playdough is great fun for kids and so easy to make. Playdough has been going strong for many years and now it’s so easy to come up with your own homemade playdough so why not give it a go. This Jello playdough recipe is a really good one to try to you can get some really nice looking playdough out of it.


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