Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 3 mins

When I lived in Alberta, Canada, there was a lady who sold this play-dough at the local farmer's market. It smelled soooo good, that I decided to try making it myself.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I use Crisco oil)
  • 2 (1/4 ounce) packagesthe same flavor kool-aid unsweetened flavored drink mix
  • 1 cup flour
  • 14 cup salt
  • 5 teaspoons cream of tartar


  1. In a pot, combine water, oil, Kool-Aid, and salt.
  2. Heat and stir until salt dissolves.
  3. Add Flour and cream of tartar all at once to above.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until well mixed and dough forms a ball, (this should only take a couple minutes).
  5. Remove from heat once the dough forms into a ball.
  6. Cool on a clean baking sheet, kneading the dough as soon as it is cool enough to handle.
  7. Cool completely, and let your kids play away!
  8. (On occasion, I've mixed in a matching essential oil to enhance the fruity scent if I only have one package of a Kool-aid flavour on hand.) Store this Play Dough in a resealable plastic baggy or plastic container.
  9. It should last for a couple months, depending on how often your children play with it.
Most Helpful

For sure my favorite Kool Aid Play Dough recipe. I love that it makes up quick, doesn't make a mess, and my kids looooooove playing with the end results. Plus, it costs next to nothing, and I get time to play with my kiddos. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

asmartin13 February 23, 2011

This is the best playdough recipe ever!!! It's nice and soft. I cheated though and used off-brand kool-aid. I will definitely use kool-aid brand next time.(didn't smell as good) also, I didn't cook it like it said. I just boiled the water and stirred it into the dry ingredients. Oh, and the first batch I made was a tad sticky, so on the next batch, I added an extra tsp. of oil. It was perfect!!5 tsp. of cream of tarter seemed like a lot, compared to some other playdough recipes, so I only did 1 tsp. Thanks for a great recipe!!

Chef Chocoholic January 13, 2010