Jelly Smelly Playdough

Rose is such a playdough fanatic, it has rubbed off on me a little bit, and I get quite excited when I find a new recipe (there are a lot of recipes to try – I found one made with hair conditioner which I really want to try, but as Rose still eats the playdough, no matter how disgusting it tastes, I will continue with the food based ingredients for now)

We have had a lot of fun from our starry night glitter playdough, but it was time to say goodbye really (getting a bit sticky and soggy) and I decided that for spring we should have some bright and sweet playdough.

The starry night playdough had geletin in it, and in the supermarket I found some sugar free jelly sachets, which come as a powder a bit like the geletin – good colour and fruity smells. The quantity was quite dramatically more, but I thought it was worth a try, and found a recipe which seemed to allow for it:

the jelly for the jelly playdoughsome other ingredients for the playdough

h o w  t o  m a k e  j e l l y  p l a y d o u g h

1 cup (250ml) flour
1 cup (250ml) water
1 tbsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup (60ml) salt
Sugar free Jelly powder

Measure out your ingredients and add to a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring, until it comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a dough (it’s hard to explain it, but when it happens you will understand!)

Leave it to cool for a few minutes in the pan, then turn out and knead until lovely and smooth.

jelly playdough so bright and niceplaying with playdough

I made strawberry, orange and blackcurrant playdoughs and they smell so nice, and are lovely and spongy and soft. The orange and strawberry are the best smells I think. I did add a bit of yellow food colouring to the orange dough as it wasn’t looking very bright in the pan, but then my dough came out quite sticky so I might have upset the wet/dry balance. I kneaded it with some flour though in the same way you might if your bread dough was too sticky, and it was much better (although i did seem to have to add a lot of flour extra) Top tip!

dinosaur and playdoughIMG_2852

We played with blackcurrant first of all. So fruity and squishy. Rose still claims it’s delicious even though it is completely revolting – even more revolting than normal playdough – salty blackcurrant – oh no. I showed her how to roll out sausages and made little balls for her to squash together to make caterpillars. She liked talking to the caterpillars. Also her dinosaur liked the playdough (she likes this dinosaurs a lot at the moment – it’s a bit Peppa and George)


I hope you’re having a lovely Easter break if you get one of those.