Activities & Days Out / 12 July, 2019 / Nanny Anita

Make Your Own Kool-Aid Play Dough

I am always on the look out for new play dough recipes, the last batch I made was very salty and went slimy very quickly. I did some research and came across this Kool-Aid play dough from Play dough to Plato and it sounded pretty amazing. For those of you who have never heard of Kool-Aid, it is an American powdered drink; it is basically their answer to our squash drinks, and comes in a variety of flavours and tastes.  I love Kool-Aid; it reminds me of the summers I spent working at summer camps in New Jersey and Connecticut (we called it bug juice), so the thought of making it into play dough really appealed to me.

Getting hold of Kool-Aid isn’t as hard as you may think, it is readily available from, or if you are in London you can get it from the American section of Partridges on the Kings Road.  It is very cheap (I paid 49p per packet), and if you have any left over you can always make into a drink.  Just as a warning there is nothing nutritional about drink Kool-Aid, it is like drinking coke, but it tastes amazing and I find it very addictive!

Make sure you follow my play dough board on Pinterest for more ideas.  Don’t forget to save the pin for later. 

To make your own Kool-Aid play dough you will need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid drink mix
kool aid play dough

Measuring out the salt

Put everything into a saucepan and heat on a low heat, stirring continuously.  When it comes away from the pan in one lump then it is ready. Place it onto the work surface and kneed it out, be careful it will be hot.

Very carefully helping mix it together over a low heat

Very carefully helping mix it together over a low heat


I made this with my youngest charge, she helped measure everything out and helped to mix it over the heat with my help.

We spent well over an hour playing with it, she was making cookies and cakes for me to buy

We spent well over an hour playing with it, she was making cookies and cakes for me to buy

Both of us loved the feel and smell of this play dough (we used Tropical Punch, Grape and Lemonade).  It was very soft and silky, and a week later it still had its scent.  We kept it in an airtight container and it has lasted really well.

I think I have found my favourite play dough recipe!

Pin for later:

kool-aid play dough.  Best play dough recipe ever.

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