Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jello Playdough in Art

The best thing about jello playdough? It smells aaaamazing!
Your whole house will smell marvelously yummy while you cook this.
I hadn't intended to make more playdough so soon, but our art lesson with professional artist John Lasater required play dough in primary colors. And, wouldn't you know it, Wal-Mart had only blue and yellow. Being in this little town, with no Target or other means to search for red playdough, we decided to make our own! 
Below, my amazing Jello Playdough Chef.
He poured, he mixed, and he was the first to try out the goods. 

~Jello Playdough~
 •1 cup of flour
•2 Tbs salt
•2 Tbs cream of tarter
•1 cup water
•2 Tbs oil - (I used canola oil, but I'm sure any edible oil would work!)
•1 3oz. pack of Jello in the color of your choice (the off-brand will work fine)
I doubled this recipe, for our group.
First, mix all your ingredients in a pan or pot.
Mix in your jello and watch it turn a bright color! This is the strawberry flavor.
After it's mixed, turn the heat to medium-high and stir constantly. Works those arm muscles!
It will start smelling great. It will also start slowly thickening and clumping together, after about 2 minutes. It's done in about 6-7 minutes. Just make sure there aren't wet areas, and it's in a ball.
Let cool. If it seems a bit sticky, add a touch more flour. It should be smooth and pliable.
Store in an airtight container or plastic bag, and it should last quite a long time.

It was a hit with the little artists!
A huge thanks to our guest speaker, John, for the lesson he shared about values, hues, and color mixing!
Our homeschool group has so many wonderful opportunities and so much support!!!

I love watching kids take such joy in art!
When I grow up (ha) I'm going to be an elementary art teacher!! --
....wait, I already get to do that!
I live such a great life! :D

1 comment:

Lavidafranco said...

So cool, instead of eating food dyes play with them! you are so cleaver!
Thanks for the artsey ideas!