Picture of DIY Kool-Aid Play Dough
Sometime you just need something fun for grandkids, (or children) to play with.  Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of toys in the grandkids room, but sometimes you just have to pull out the BIG GUNS.   Whenever I pull out play dough, I have very happy kids for a very long time (usually close to 2 hours).  When the play dough smells fruity it’s even better.  This is a basic recipe I have used a lot.  Adding a package of unflavored Kool-Aid has made it even better.  So, here how to make a batch of fruit fragranced play dough.

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1cup (144 g) flour
1 cup (230g) water
2 tsp. (5 g) Cream of Tartar
1/3 cup (104g) salt
1 Tbs. (10g) vegetable oil
1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid (any color you want, I use what I had)
Nonstick cooking spray (not shown)

Sauce pan
Rubber spatula
mkdieb2 years ago
F antastic! You are a life saver.
zamrin2 years ago
Woah edible play dough:D wait is it edible?
craftknowitall (author)  zamrin2 years ago
Yes, you can eat it, but it won't taste very good. There is nothing in it that is not eatable. Thanks for looking and asking.

Cool can u make it with jelo packs
craftknowitall (author) 2 years ago
That is just plain all purpose flour. Cake flour has less gluten, and self-rising flour as baking soda (or it is baking powder) it it so that when liquids are added it would rise. I don't think that one would work. I have been making play dough for YEARS (for my own children who are the parents of my grandchildren. I have always used plain old all purpose flour and it has always turned out well, so I see no need to experiment with other flours. Why don't you try it and post an Instructable telling us the results. I would be very interested. Thanks for looking and asking.
bfunk002 years ago
Did you try different types of flour to see if one works better? (all purpose, self rising, cake, etc.)
lime3D2 years ago
The Kool-Aid is to give it both color and scent. You can go with plain food coloring if you don't want the scent.
This is a cool Idea. Does the dye from the kool-aid stain their hands?
cupcake02 years ago
x2th3max2 years ago
Can u eat it
craftknowitall (author)  x2th3max2 years ago
Yes, you can eat it, but it won't taste very good. There is nothing in it that is not eatable. Thanks for looking and asking.
I'm making a stop motion movie, could I use food coloring, and is it sticky?
craftknowitall (author)  The_HandyMan2 years ago
Withour the Kool-aid, you can use any food coloring you want. Wilton paste dyes are vivid and come in a variety of colors.
craftknowitall (author)  The_HandyMan2 years ago
No. it's not sticky, It does dry out and crack when dry. Thanks for looking and asking.
Pinguino722 years ago
What purpose does the cream of tartar serve? Just wondering as its pretty pricey here. Like 7 bucks for a tiny box.
craftknowitall (author)  Pinguino722 years ago
as a presevativbe, can be left out with ot much problem. The stuff we are using right now is over 4 months old and still doing good. Thanks for looking and asking.
awesome - what a fun project! good work.
init_zero2 years ago
gonna try this with my 5yo daughter. thanks for the instructable!
I will have to do that
jkdabrown2 years ago
Great idea, I wonder what else you could use kool-aid for?
craftknowitall (author)  jkdabrown2 years ago
To dye easter eggs, to dye cotton yarn, just to name 2. Thanks for looking and commenting.
Fun! I love good spelling stuff! Did you add food coloring to make them even brighter?
No, those particular flavors gave out those colors. I would have added blue to the one I made in the Instructable, but I didn't think about it until it is too late. It you want yellow you need to yellow color to lemonade Kool-aid. I don't remember what flavor I used for the darker blue. Red was cherry, orange was orange and purple was grape. Thanks for looking and commenting.
I didn't realize kool-aid would give such a vibrant color! That's awesome!