DIY: Homemade Play Dough


Play dough is a classic kid favorite that is great for any age. It is made even more hands-on when the kids are allowed to make the play dough themselves using a few inexpensive ingredients. Although there are many different homemade play dough recipes, my favorite is Kool-Aid play dough. The Kool-Aid gives the clay its vibrant color, and a sweet scent that adds to the fun. This is a cheap and easy summer activity that will keep the kids occupied for hours.

**Although I don’t suggest it, this play dough is safer to eat than the original (just in case your kids are rather experimental and a little bit sneaks into their mouth). The Kool-Aid gives it a sweet smell, but the salt makes the taste rather unpleasant.

What You Will Need:

1 c. flour

¼ c. salt

1 package of Kool-Aid

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 c. warm water

2 tablespoons canola/vegetable oil

Spoon for stirring


Bags for storage

How To Make It:

1. Gather all ingredients and materials.

See above for a list of ingredients and materials.

See above for a list of ingredients and materials.

2. Put all dry ingredients in a saucepan and mix together.


3. Add the liquid ingredients to the saucepan and stir together before placing on the stove.

4. Set the stove to medium heat and place the saucepan on the stove.

5. Stir the mixture together for about 3-5 minutes or until you’ve reached a clay-like consistency.

6. Take the play dough out of the saucepan and allow it to cool.



7. Once cooled, the play dough is ready for use. Wrap the play dough in plastic wrap or a plastic bag and keep it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh for longer.


Kool-Aid play dough works just as well as the original and costs much less. If stored correctly, this homemade play dough can be used for hours of fun.


Let us know if you make your own homemade play dough and send us pictures of your creations!



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