Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rainbow Kool-Aid Playdough

A Rainbow of Kool-Aid Playdough!

I have always followed a homemade playdough recipe that uses the stovetop and been quite happy with the results.  This recipe, however, uses boiling water and is super easy.  I will not go back to using the stovetop to make playdough again!  Adding the Kool-Aid makes the playdough smell soooo yummy and colors the dough without having to fiddle with food coloring.

This is our new favorite homemade playdough recipe.
You have to try it out!!!


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup salt
1 pkg Kool-Aid Unsweetened Drink Mix, any flavor
1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 Tbsp oil
wax or parchment paper


Mix the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add oil to the boiling water in a measuring cup and then pour into the dry ingredients.  Stir with a fork until most of the dry ingredients have been combined, then mix with your hands.

Put your playdough onto the wax paper and knead, knead, knead until it has become smooth and well blended - then start playing!

Store in a plastic bag or airtight container in the refrigerator.

There was a lot of smelling going on while making the dough!
The kids loved watching the colors come out when we added the boiling water.
{of course be super careful when using the hot water around the kiddos!}

Here is the result!

A rainbow of Kool-Aid playdough!

As you can see, the yellow didn't really turn out yellow and the green package of Kool-Aid really makes a pink strawberry-kiwi blend, oops!

The flavors that continued to smell the best and the strongest after a few days of play were the basics - cherry, orange, lemon and grape.

The only 'complaints' I would have with this recipe is that it is a tad 'oily'.  Perhaps cutting back on the oil would prevent some oil marks left on the counters after play.  But, the oil may be what makes this dough so smooth so I would be hesitant to cut it back.  Also, Cream of Tartar is a rather expensive item to buy at our local supermarket - oh how I miss the great prices of the Candian store 'The Bulk Barn'.  I will have to stock up on crafting and baking supplies our next trip north of the border.  I have seen a similar recipe that omits the Cream of Tartar.....I wonder how that would turn out?  I will have to try that the next time.

Idea from Meet the Dubiens.


  1. This is great! We will have to try this. :)

  2. Made this recipe today with my kids (5, 3, and 1) and they all loved it! I told them it was NOT for eating, but I had to laugh as they each individually tasted it and then made a horrified face and spit it out! It just smells so tempting! Thanks for so many great ideas on your blog!

  3. I was also going to say, I cut the oil down to 1 tbsp., and it was still super smooth, and I didn't notice any oily residue on the table. We are in a SUPER dry climate though, so it could have just soaked up more oil--??? Not sure! :)


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