Jello Play Dough {how to get buff arms}

Would you like a good arm work out? Do you want to make something fun for your kids? How about doing both at the same time!

All you have to do is make up a batch of Jello Play Dough!

Jello Play Dough Recipe
{Adapted from CD Kitchen}
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar {If anyone you are making this for has an egg allergy or is G/C Free, you can omit the cream of tartar. However, it works as a preservative and I recommend using it.}
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
warm water
1  3 ounce package of Jello powder 

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.

Turn on medium heat. Stir constantly.

This is where the arm work out comes in. You have to stir constantly or it will burn. And it gets thick and tough to stir right quick.

You'll need to keep stirring over medium heat until it pulls away from the sides and becomes dull. I basically stopeed when it looked like play dough. 

Turn the done dough onto waxed paper. Then, start kneading the dough right away. If you wait, it gets all crusty and weird. You need to knead the dough until its cool.

So here's what I did. I broke off little pieces and squished them around in my hands for as long as I could stand it. This stuff is HOT and I defiantly did a number on my hands. In hind sight {and of course I thought of this the minute I was done} I should have just loaded it up in my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook. Next time!

They were loaded up in 1 cup Zip Loc containers. I was shooting for 12 one cup portions of the play dough. So I made a double recipe of red and a quadruple recipe of blue.

I included a little print out of the recipe for party goers. I do love my Silhouette. I didn't have to hole punch these bad boys! The Silhouette did it for me. 

There was some extra left over that I my husband and I went to town with. This stuff smells great. It is by far my favorite homemade play dough I've played with. I've been around the stuff a lot for work and this recipe was a cut above the rest.

Come party with me!


  1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing, my little guys will love this! Pinned it :)

  2. That recipe looks similar to mine except for the jello. I'll have to try it that way. I'd love for you to share at my link party that runs through Saturday.

  3. Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

  4. Wow! That looks great...and hey, I love a good arm workout. ;) My son is nutty for playdoh, but if he knew there was Jello in it he might try to eat it, lol. Thanks for linking at Shine on Fridays!!

    1. It smells amazing, but tastes nasty! ;) One of the great things about this recipe is its not going to hurt your little one.

  5. I have seen play dough made before but never with Jello - what a fun idea and I bet my son would love the bright blue! I am visiting from TT&J and would love it if you'd visit back!


    1. The vibrant colors are great! And since there's so many colors of Jello there's wonderful possibilities!

  6. I'd love to have you share this with our readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays link up! http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/fun-stuff-fridays-11.html