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!

DIY: Have Fun with Jell-Doh