Play-doh is great for summer break fun! Little ones get hours of fun squishing and molding it, and mothers can get in on the educational aspect by encouraging their children to practice recognizing numbers, letters, and even animals by using cookie cutters and sculpting skills (you can even organize math and spelling lessons with Play-doh). Creativity is also encouraged — something like sculpting 101.

Though Play-doh has become a staple for mothers of young children, you’ll rarely find a good deal on it. That’s where Jell-doh comes in! This recipe is cheap and comes in a wide variety of colors and smells fantastic!  You probably have these ingredients on hand:

 You need

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package Jell-O (3 1/2 oz)

 The Steps

Combine all ingredients in a pot. Cook on stovetop on medium heat and stir constantly until the mixture is thick like mashed potatoes. Allow it to cool, then knead with a sprinkling of flour until it is dry to the touch. Store in an airtight container when not in use.

Grocery trips are about to get a lot more interesting–get a kick out of your children explaining the concept of Jell-doh to the cashier when they ask why you have so much gelatin in your cart!

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11 thoughts on “DIY: Have Fun with Jell-Doh”

  1. Roni says:

    You rock!!!

  2. Chibiev says:

    How much does this yield?

  3. melissa says:

    I just made this and no it does not stain.  Low on ingredients, I even used sea salt, olive oil instead of what it called for.  Turned out great and even smells good!

  4. Swapnky says:

    I am going to try the jello, I usually use Kool-Aid.

  5. Lori says:

    Does this stain your kids’ hands?

  6. guest241 says:

    This was the hardest recipe I ever tried to print. I tried 6 times (determined)… Finally got it. Whew. Thanks :)

  7. guest says:

    is there a substitute for cream of tartar?

    • Anonymous says:

      Cream of tartar isn’t easily substituted. You could try baking powder, but that only works in some things. Since cream of tartar is relatively inexpensive and has an indefinite shelf life, I’d recommend just getting a bottle of it. Even if you just use it for the recipe, you’ll probably get more than your money’s worth out of it! :)

      • Anonymous says:

        And you can always make some snickerdoodles with some of it.

      • momoftwinsandtwo says:

         I’ve made this before and just eliminated the cream of tarter all together.  It is only used as a stabilizing agent.  The jell-doh was just fine.  It keeps in the freezer almost indefinitely and does not need to be thawed when your kids want to play with it.