DIY Kid's Jello Play-doh

The original recipe I found for this on Pinterest was a bit confusing. And I thought it was just me not reading things right. As I read through the comments, I was happy to find I was not alone. Many people were confused because the original pinner left out a few important steps. So I finally saw someone posted their version and it helped me out a lot. So now I am going to share it with you.

My daughter and I did this yesterday together. She had a lot of fun helping out and pouring the ingredients together. So here is our step-by-step process on how to make your own.

Step One
Measure out all the ingredients and pour them into a mixing bowl & mix together until well mixed. There should be no lumps and it should look shiny.

Step Two
Heat the stove burner to low heat and pour the mixture into a non-stick pot with high sides and place on the burner, stiring occasionally for about 15-20 mins.

Step Three
After mixing for about 15-20 mins, the mixture will start to clump up and ball. Make sure you are stiring constantly now as Jello tends to burn.

Step Four
Once the mixture looks done, place onto wax paper to cool. {I couldn't find our wax paper so I tried foil instead. It seemed to work ok}. Once the play-doh has cooled down, add flour to it and start kneading it. I noticed I needed a lot of flour for this step as mine was still sticky. So I just used a lot of flour until I could form a ball that was a "play-doh" consistency and not sticky. Then store the play-doh into a container so it won't dry out.

Step Five
Once your child is ready to play, take it out and let them go at it. My daughter loves this stuff and it stays very squishy and has a nice scent to it as well since it was cherry jello we used.

Note: You can do this with each flavor of jello you would like to. Or you could use unflavored gelatin and just add food coloring to the batch as well for an unscented dough. We bought three more boxes and so we will be making blue, green, and yellow as well. 

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  1. Looks like fun :) I wish my little boy was old enough to play with play-doh lol
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  2. Awesome ~ Reagan loves playing with Play-doh these days!

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  3. Great idea!

    My son would probably eat the entire thing.

    Did it make your hands sticky? or is that what the extra flour is for?

    I'll be pinning this for later. Thanks!

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  4. this sounds fun! we've made before, but never heard of adding the jello!

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  5. This is amazing, absolutely adore this idea Rebecca, wonderful job.