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

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I got a nosebleed while making this. i just got back from hospital. i lost one pint of blood. sueing this lady

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this does not work it makes a giant mess. change the instructions so no one else has this happen to their kitchen i dont wish this upon anyone but you this is HAZARDOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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hi its me again lets not delete my commets im trying to save peoples lives. i honestly feel like dying i cannot clean this crap up. change the instructions for this because i dont wish this upon anyone else but you.

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why are you deleting my comments im trying to save peoples lives here

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WARNING: TOXIC FUMES
Recipe Will Not Work For You. Just had to buy a new stove. Thanks so much mysterious *crazy* lady. you suck booty. kms

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this did not work at all how do i get rid of this disgusting mess

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Did anyone find out if you can do this in the microwave?

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can you do this in the microwave?

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Is this edible for the little ones?

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NO NOT EDIBLE AT ALL. POISON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I think I am doing this right but is it supposed to look chunky a little?

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Do you use self rising or plain flour

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You rock!!!

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How much does this yield?

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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!

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

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Does this stain your kids’ hands?

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No

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

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is there a substitute for cream of tartar?

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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! 🙂

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

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 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. 

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U can use alum instead of cream of tartar.

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U can use alum instead of cream of tartar.

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