How to Make Kool-Aid Play Dough

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As I child I always had a creative imagination and had the most fun with toys that I could “pretend” with. Naturally, my favorite toys were things like dolls, coloring books, building blocks and play dough. I remember my grandmother and I making play dough from household ingredients and I wanted to try that with my daughter. Since she is still at the age where she tries to shove everything in her mouth, I wanted a natural option just in case she happened to try and eat it.

After scouring through recipes online for homemade play dough, I came across one that I found interesting. Rather than using a regular food coloring to tint the dough, this recipe used Kool-Aid. I picked up the ingredients at the local supermarket and got to work.

How to Make Kool-Aid Play Dough


  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cream of Tarter
  • 1 Pkg Kool-Aid (unsweetened)
  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • I Cup Water


Combine dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid) in a medium pan. Add in the water and the vegetable oil and stir until evenly blended. Place on the stove on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes until the ingredients bind together and pull away from the saucepan to form a ball. Be very careful not to burn. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the dough to cool before you touch it. I put it in a plastic bag and stuck it in the refrigerator so that it would cool faster. Once cool enough for you to touch comfortably, knead the dough together and you have play dough!

Play Dough

The best part about this play dough is that is smells like Kool-Aid! Mine smells like grape because that is the flavor that I used. It might smell yummy, but because of the salt, it doesn’t taste good at all (I know, I had to try it).

Please check out the website where I got this recipe and other fun play dough recipes. They have a non-cook version and also a version using peanut butter! Have fun making your play dough and let me know how yours turns out!

Check out this recipe for Homemade Play Dough.


  1. Hi! This is Miriam your newest follower! My son came home with PlayDough that he made in his preschool class. I think he would like to do this ! Cheers!

    1. Thanks for following Miriam! Just make sure that you stick it in the fridge for a while after you cook it because that ball is HOT! :) I know, I tried to play with it. It smells so good though! I may try a Hawaiian Punch variety soon.

  2. can u sub..anything 4 canola oil

    1. I haven’t ever tried subbing anything for it in this particular recipe, so I’m not sure.

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