DIY Kool-Aid Play Dough




Introduction: DIY Kool-Aid Play Dough

In a valiant attempt to keep myself from dying of boredom, I create.
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.

Step 1:

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

Step 2:

I n the sauce pan put the flour,

Step 3:


Step 4:

Cream of Tartar,

Step 5:

vegetable oil,

Step 6:


Step 7:

and water.

Step 8:


Step 9:

Spay an area of the counter top with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 10:

Turn the stove on to medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring constantly

Step 11:

until it becomes a solid ball. 

Step 12:

Dump the dough onto the sprayed counter top and after greasing your hands (so that the hot dough won’t stick to your hands)

Step 13:

knead the dough until it becomes a smooth ball and had lost most of its heat.  Done.  Store it in an air tight container. 

Step 14:

This recipe makes 1 ¾ cup or (492g) of dough. 

Step 15:

If you are providing more than one child with play dough, you may want to make more than one batch.  I figure that it only costs about $.75 a batch (depending on how much you spend of the Cream of Tartar), and 1 batch = 2-3 cans of the stuff you can buy at the store.  Not bad.  Enjoy



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    28 Discussions

    I would like to make these for my sons upcoming messy birthday party. How long will they stay soft inside the containers? And is the recipe for 1 container, or several?

    1 reply

    They have lasted for a month or a little longer. One batch, one container. Thanks for commenting.

    F antastic! You are a life saver.

    Woah edible play dough:D wait is it edible?

    1 reply

    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

    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.

    Did you try different types of flour to see if one works better? (all purpose, self rising, cake, etc.)

    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.

    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?

    2 replies

    Withour the Kool-aid, you can use any food coloring you want. Wilton paste dyes are vivid and come in a variety of colors.

    What purpose does the cream of tartar serve? Just wondering as its pretty pricey here. Like 7 bucks for a tiny box.

    1 reply

    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.