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I am so excited to share this homemade watermelon playdough today. It looks and smell just like watermelon. It smells just like watermelon jolly rancher candies.
Our kids love everything watermelon. They would eat watermelon nonstop if they could.
Another favorite is playdough and when I saw watermelon Kool-Aid I knew we needed to try homemade watermelon playdough.
I have a basic homemade playdough recipe that I adapted for this watermelon playdough. I believe the original recipe was adapted a few years ago from one of those cookbooks you buy as part of a fundraiser for a church or community/social organization. I cut the recipe in half to make the green since I did not need as much green.
- 1 cup Flour
- 1/3 cup Salt
- 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Package Watermelon Kool Aid
- Red Food Coloring
- 1/2 cup Flour
- 2 1/2 Tbsp Salt
- 1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1/2 Cup Water
- Green Food Coloring
- Add first six ingredients to a saucepan and use a spoon to mix.
- Place pan on burner over medium heat and cook for about five minutes.
- Continue stirring as the playdough forms a ball.
- Once ball has formed remove from the pan.
- Allow the playdough to cool slightly and beginning kneading until it forms a smooth ball.
- 6. Add few drops of red food coloring to the pan or as kneading to get desired color.
- 7. Repeat process for green playdough using measurements listed and omitting watermelon Kool-Aid. Add a few drops of green food coloring until the desired color is reached.
- Use black beans for seeds.
- The Kool-Aid turned the playdough pale pink and I wanted a darker color, so I added a few drops of red food coloring.
- You can also use watermelon flavoring to get the desired smell and add more red food coloring to get the desired colored.
Most watermelons you buy now are seedless. I think the “seeded” watermelons have a better flavor. We had so much fun spitting seeds in the summer as kids and competing to see who could spit the furthest. We used black beans as seeds with our playdough.
I pulled out one of their playdough knives and let the kids practice cutting the watermelon.
Playdough is great for helping your little ones build their fine motor skills. This playdough is edible and safe for little ones, but my boys can testify that it is not tasty. The black beans are small and could pose a choking hazard for really little ones.