She sent me pack of flour and salt and a sachet of Kool-Aid and the directions... which were: add hot water... Super easy.
Mix some more
Presto magicka! play dough
The girls were enthused by the process and the absolutely gorgeous smell of fruitiness because of the Kool-Aid. Even over two months later the dough smells great and is still usable (we just used the airtight container the ingredients came into store it). They love playing with dough they made and the youngest (2 years) mentions happily having made it whenever it comes out. (AND it gave me a little time to interact with them and 'set them up' for play, but later gave me the free time to get work down around the house and even get in a little weaving.)
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