Kool-Aid Play Dough – An Edible Playdough Recipe

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Summer or winter, this Kool-Aid Play Dough is the perfect activity for kids.  Using Kool Aid results in an edible playdough recipe that has a fun smell and vibrant color. The kids will love making AND playing with this homemade play-doh that smells…and tastes great!

Kool-Aid Play Dough – An Edible Playdough Recipe

I’ve been making Homemade Playdough with my kids for several years, yet I still can’t stop myself from trying new playdough recipes.  We love this edible peanut butter play dough recipe too! This particular edible play dough recipe came from my Waynesburg Christian Church Cook Book.

The recipe drew me in because it’s a play dough recipe without cream of tarter, plus it’s play dough with Kool Aid of all things.  Kool-Aid is one of those nostalgic products of my youth.

There’s something about grape kool-aid that reminds me of my childhood.  Mom let us drink as much Kool Aid as we wanted, and we made it by the pitcher over summer break each year.

When I made this Kool-Aid Play Dough, I used grape kool-aid, obviously, because it’s the best flavor.  Ok, it’s tied with Tropical Punch in my book.

Kool-Aid Play Dough Ingredients

Flour

Salt

Vegetable Oil

Dry Kool-Aid Packets, Unsweetened

Water, boiling

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Homemade Play Doh with Kool- Aid

This kool aid play doh recipe has been marked in my cook book for months.  During summer break, I was looking for ways to keep my kids busy (and to keep them from fighting.)

Making homemade play doh is the perfect kid activity. I let my kids measure, stir and knead the play doh. Just be sure to handle the boiling water yourself to prevent a burn.

I recommend using a whisk or spatula to stir the edible play doh until it cools down.  Once it’s cool, pour the homemade play doh onto a floured surface, and let the kids knead it, just like you’re making bread.

How to Make Playdough with Kool Aid:

For the full instructions and ingredient amounts for homemade playdough using Kool-Aid, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. Add flour, salt, dry Kool-Aid packets, vegetable oil and boiling water to a large bowl, starting with half the amount of water the recipe calls for.
  2. Slowly add more water until the edible playdough is the desired consistency.
  3. Pour homemade playdough onto flour-dusted table, and knead like a bread until smooth.

Does Kool-Aid playdough stain hands?

No, there’s no need to worry about stained hands while making Kool-Aid play dough.  It’s like magic; it makes a pretty play dough without getting your hands stained.

I do recommend stirring the play dough ingredients with a whisk or spatula first, and then once it begins to resemble dough, use those hands and knead away.

Notes About Homemade Playdough with Kool Aid:

  • This koolaid playdough recipe uses 2 packets of dry kool aid mix. Be sure to get the unsweetened kind.
  • Use whatever flavor kool aid you prefer or pick your flavor based on the color playdough you desire.
  • I just so happened to have canning salt on hand, but regular iodized salt works too.
  • I recommend adding the boiling water slowly to the dry ingredients.  If it gets to the desired texture, you do not have to use the entire 2 cups of water.
  • If your edible playdough gets too sticky, add more flour.
  • This is a great activity for your kiddos start to finish. Be careful with the boiling water (parents should pour this).  Have your child start by stirring the homemade playdough with a spatula of whisk, and then once the dough cools down, pour it onto a floured surface (similar to making bread), and let your kid knead away. It’s great practice with a rolling pin too.
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Kool-Aid Play Dough - An Edible Playdough Recipe

Summer or winter, this Kool-Aid Play Dough is the perfect activity for kids.  Using Kool Aid results in an edible playdough recipe that has a fun smell and vibrant color.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Keyword: edible play dough, edible playdough, homemade play dough, homemade playdough, kool aid playdough, kool-aid play dough, play doh, play dough with kool-aid
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 packages dry Kool-Aid mix (unsweetened)
  • 2 cups boiling water

Instructions

  • Add flour, salt, vegetable oil and Kool-Aid mix to a large bowl. Slowly add boiling water to the mixture (you may not need the whole amount.)
    Summer or winter, this Kool-Aid Play Dough is the perfect activity for kids.  Using Kool Aid results in an edible playdough recipe that has a fun smell and vibrant color.
  • Stir until the dough cools.
    Summer or winter, this Kool-Aid Play Dough is the perfect activity for kids.  Using Kool Aid results in an edible playdough recipe that has a fun smell and vibrant color.
  • Pour onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
    Summer or winter, this Kool-Aid Play Dough is the perfect activity for kids.  Using Kool Aid results in an edible playdough recipe that has a fun smell and vibrant color.
  • Have fun with the play dough!
    Summer or winter, this Kool-Aid Play Dough is the perfect activity for kids.  Using Kool Aid results in an edible playdough recipe that has a fun smell and vibrant color.

Notes

  • This koolaid playdough recipe uses 2 packets of dry koolaid mix. Be sure to get the unsweetened kind.
  • Use whatever flavor kool-aid you prefer or pick your flavor based on the color playdough you desire.
  • I just so happened to have canning salt on hand, but regular iodized salt works too. 
  • I recommend adding the boiling water slowly to the dry ingredients.  If it gets to the desired texture, you do not have to use the entire 2 cups of water.
  • If your edible playdough gets too sticky, add more flour.
  • This is a great activity for your kiddos start to finish. Be careful with the boiling water (parents should pour this).  Have your child start by stirring the homemade playdough with a spatula of whisk, and then once the dough cools down, pour it onto a floured surface (similar to making bread), and let your kid knead away. It's great practice with a rolling pin too.
  • Try our other homemade play dough recipe. 

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