Monday, 7 January 2013

Falling in love with Kool-Aid Play Doh and Zumba for Wii!

Something I love to use in my preschool class is play doh.  It is a wonderful learning tool as you can do so many things with it and with relative ease.  Without much practice kids can figure out how to make snakes and balls. From there its possible to make just about anything! I think every classroom should have a large supply to use when the moment is right.

However I understand why not every classroom has one.  Since October my class hasn't had any. I strongly dislike a few things about play doh.  The smell, the texture, the cost. So okay - play doh and I have a love/hate thing going on. Of course after cruising around Pinterest I found several great homemade recipes which would help with cost.  Many of these recipes also contained oil and smaller amounts of salt so it wouldn't feel so horrible in your hands. When I came across the following recipe on this WONDERFUL blog. (Check out her other posts too!) I knew that play dough and I could be in love again unconditionally.



On Meet the Dubiens, they used a half batch and it really is the right amount for doing several different colours. If you're just doing one colour I suggest doubling it (Or tripling - go nuts!). The original recipe on Kraft Canada doubles it.


Kool-Aid Play Doh

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup salt
1 pkg.(6 g) Kool-Aid Unsweetened Drink Mix
1 Tbsp. Cream of tartar

1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 Tbsp. oil

Combine your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the boiling water and oil. Stir until it all comes together and let cool until it is comfortable to handle. Place on flat surface (counter, table, etc) lightly floured. Knead until the dough comes smooth from all its little imperfections of flour. If it becomes sticky add a tbsp of flour at a time and continue to knead.

A crisper full of play doh :)!
Storage: This play doh must be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator. I know, that sucks. But the play doh smells amazing so it is worth it.

When I made this I was extremely excited by the prospect of such vibrant colours.  Needless to say when I poured in my dry ingredients I was very cross. This colour palate would not encourage creative projects.
But when I added the boiling water I was pleasantly surprised at how the colours really transformed!
You need to mix them up fairly quickly (don't doddle and take pictures for your blog - it starts to get lumps!).

 The play doh does cool down fairly quickly - I only waited 2 minutes at the most before plopping it out onto our counter to begin kneading. 
I wish that I had considered how much kneading would be involved with 5 batches of play doh. I was just so encouraged by the great selection of Kool-Aid and enchanted by the pictures on Pinterest of all the great colours.

Ordinarily I wouldn't wimp out and complain about kneading dough, I'm fairly seasoned with baking and understand the kneading hurts but is worth it.  However, my arms were achey from my Yoga Burn session by Rodney Yee (My all time favourite yoga routine!) and then just exhausted from trying out Zumba for the Wii today. Having some days off work left me with time and energy to enjoy things I love!

Btw, Zumba for the Wii is the most hilarious workout.  This was a requested Christmas present from Mom and Dad.  I had heard it was a good workout and after trying it out today I complete agree. I think that I have never laughed so much exercising EXCEPT for doing Zumba at Lululemon in Halifax with Ashley a couple years ago now. There were times during the workout we couldn't even look at each other because it was just too funny the moves we were doing.  One great thing about Zumba is you are watching an instructor that is likely a talented and fit dancer which you seem to envision yourself as when you follow along. I can only IMAGINE how ridiculous I look doing it because I would never do Zumba in front of a mirror. This game brought on the same kind of laughter but hey, I was getting a great workout and smiling! Sorry Jillian Michaels, I think Zumba is my new cardio!


These arms had no break, I hauled the sled up the hill with Lucy's help this afternoon. This is the best picture I could get at the top - both of then refused to look at the camera. Go figure haha.


Thanks for stopping by and enjoying another post about our Happily Hectic Household!

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