Brightly Colored Homemade Kool Aid Play Dough Recipe

This easy homemade play dough recipe has vibrant colors and a heavenly smell with a tropical PUNCH! Kids of all ages will love to make Kool Aid play dough out of their favorite flavor of Kool-Aid. The flavors smell SO yummy!

Koolaid play dough - 5 minute Koolaid Playdough recipe - 5 different Kool Aid flavors made into playdough shown - green, purple, yellow, blue and red - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make Kool Aid playdough!

Best Kool-Aid Play Dough Recipe

We prefer not to have our kids drink stuff high in artificial dyes, but they can still enjoy the flavors of Kool Aid in a different way…Koolaid PLAY DOUGH! Since we originally published this article more than 5 years ago, Kool-Aid has come out with some unsweetened drink mix, naturally flavored and dye-free alternatives…yay!

Many thanks to 36th Avenue and Fun at Home with Kids. Desiree inspired us to add koolaid to our dough this week and Asia told us that we didn’t need to use the stove to make our dough – we can microwave it!

-Homemade Play dough advisors {Giggle}

This Kool Aid playdough recipe only takes 5 minutes to make and I think the colors are way cooler than what you can make with food coloring or food dye.

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Koolaid play dough lined up and shown with the corresponding kool aid mix packets for each color - Kids Activities Blog
Choose your Kool Aid flavor…and you get vibrant color and an amazing smell!

5 Minute Play Dough Recipe

One of the reasons I really like to make Kool Aid play dough is because it gives you a variety of colors associated with the flavor of Kool-aid you choose to use. Each type of Kool Aid has a flavor, Kool-aid colors and SMELL associated with it and that makes for an extra fun activity because it has a yummy smell.

Koolaid play dough ingredients needed to make
This is all you need to make Kool Aid Playdough

Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Koolaid Play Dough

Directions How to Make Koolaid Play Dough

Watch My Short Video on How to Make this 5 Minute Kool Aid Playdough Recipe:

Step 1 – Mix the Playdough Ingredients

Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl and stir them until they are all wet and mixed.  The dry ingredients should be fully integrated.

Koolaid play dough step 1 - mixing the ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon
The first step is to mix everything together!

Step 2 – Microwave the Homemade Play-doh Mixture

Put your bowl into the microwave for 50-60 seconds. Stir the edges of your bowl and then let it sit for a minute to set. With a spatula stir the dough and then scrape it out of the bowl.  

This is in lieu of heating the playdough dough in a medium saucepan over medium heat…isn’t this much easier?

Step 3 – Knead Your Kool Aid Playdough Recipe

Add another tablespoon of flour to your table surface and dump the dough onto it. Work the play dough until it is elastic.

Total time = 5 Minutes! Marvelous!

Koolaid play dough ball shown with the packet of Kool Aid mix that was used - green apple shown
This playdough smells just like green apples!

How to Store Kool Aid Play Dough Leftovers

This homemade playdough recipe will last several days in an airtight container or Ziploc bag at room temperature. If you would like to extend its shelf life, then put that air-tight container or plastic bag into the fridge and it will keep for several weeks.

How to Fix Homemade Playdough Recipes

As we estimate our ingredients (see above video – my five year old is our play dough “cook”) here are solutions we have discovered if our batch does not come out as we had planned:

  • If the dough is stiff, add a teaspoon of water.
  • Crumbly dough? add another teaspoon of oil.
  • If the dough is sticky, add another teaspoon of flour.
  • If you prefer a “silky” dough, add a teaspoon of glycerin.

Active Time
5 minutes

Total Time
5 minutes

Difficulty
Medium

Estimated Cost
$5

Materials

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 Kool-Aid drink mix packets
  • 3/4 cup of water

Tools

  • large bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • flat surface

Notes

    1. Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl and stir them until they are all wet and mixed.
    2. Microwave your Kool Aid playdough mixture for 50-60 seconds and then stir and let sit for a minute.
    3. With a spatula, scrape it out of the bowl onto a floured surface.
    4. Knead until it is an elastic consistency.

Is Kool Aid Play Dough Edible?

While all the ingredients in this recipe are “edible” we do not advise kids to eat the dough.

Kids can easily get sodium toxicity from eating homemade dough. Please encourage your kids to keep this OUT of their mouths!

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Leave a comment: Did the kids enjoy making this Kool Aid playdough recipe? 

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