Homemade Kool Aid Play Dough

We love to make our own play dough (translation:  we are bored, what can we do to occupy an hour?).  It’s easy and inexpensive and has a much better scent and feel than store-bought.  The Kool Aid gives it a fruity scent as well as a pretty pastel color.  We used Watermelon/Cherry and Lemonade.  I found myself explaining to the store clerk what I was buying the Kool Aid for, as though no one would buy Kool Aid for it’s intended purpose.  “Oh, we’re not going to drink it, we’re making play dough.”  As if Donna at Bi-Mart cares…

One batch makes about 3/4 lb. of dough

  • 1 C. cold water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 (1/4 ounce) packages kool-aid
  • 1 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C. salt
  • 4 t. cream of tartar
  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat the water, oil, Kool Aid, and salt to medium heat.  Stir until the salt dissolves.  Dump in the flour and cream of tartar all at once.  Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes smooth.  Keep stirring over the heat until the dough forms a ball.  This takes about two or three minutes.  Dump the ball onto a cutting board and knead it for about a minute at soon as it’s cool enough to handle.  Store in a plastic bag for up to two months.

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    I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me unless otherwise noted. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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