Kool-Aid Salt Dough

Mold, twist, cut, shape, and bend!  Salt dough is a classic recipe for fun.  This version uses Kool-Aid to color and scent the dough.  You can store the finished dough indefinitely if you wrap it in plastic.  If the kids want to save their creations, the dough can be air or oven dried.  The colors will lighten as the dough drys.

 You will need:

For each color:

1.  A pack of Kool-Aid 

2.  1 1/4 cup flour

3.  1/4 cup salt

4.  1 Tbs. oil

5.  1 tsp. Cream of Tartar (Optional)

6.  1 cup boiling water, divided

 

 Purple and red Kool-Aid salt dough
 Mixing the dry ingredients for Kool-Aid salt dough.  1.  Put the water into a pot or into the microwave.  Heat it until it begins to boil.  Meanwhile, mix the flour, salt, Kool-Aid, and Cream of Tartar in a bowl.
 Mixing up Kool-Aid salt dough.  2.  When the water boils, add the oil, give it a quick stir, and then pour about 3/4 cup of the water into the flour mixture.  Stir.  At first the dough will look like a lumpy disaster, but just keep stirring and it will smooth out.  After a few stirs, it should look like the dough will be just a bit too runny.  That is good.  If it looks thick, add more water.
A lump of red Kool-Aid dough. 

 3.  When the dough is mixed, touch it gently to make sure it isn't hot enough to burn.  Knead the dough for a minute or two to get out any flour lumps.

Make as many colors as you like and let the fun begin!

 

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Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, Nebraska and is the official drink of Nebraska.  Kool-Aid originally was available in six popular flavors: cherry, raspberry, strawberry, orange, grape, and lemon lime.  Over the years, more than fifty additional flavors were introduced, including creative varieties such as pink swamingo, grape tang, and chocolate. 

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