I cannot tell you how many moms have told me how fun it is to make Kool Aid Play Dough. Some moms have gone so far as to share recipes with me.
This has been on my to do list for a very long time. Actually, I purchased about 5 packets of Kool Aid over a year ago just waiting to make this. The packets have sat here on my desk forever.
I figured with Valentine’s Day almost here, this would be a fun activity to do with the boys and let them design fun heart shaped creations with it. (They had other ideas like creating mini pretend pizzas.)
Here is how we made it. This is the easiest play dough recipe ever and you do not need cream of tartar for this version.
- 1 c flour (plus some extra reserved for kneading)
- 1/2 c salt
- 1 c boiling water (I let it cool for about 2-3 minutes)
- 1 pkt of red Kool Aid
- 3 T vegetable or canola oil
In a large bowl add the salt, flour and Kool Aid packet.
Pour in the water.
Pour in the oil.
Stir until it is well combined. It will be sticky.
Lay out a sheet of parchment paper, or clear off space on the counter.
Sprinkle the surface with some flour and dump the play dough out of the bowl onto the floured surface.
Add a handful of flour to the top of the play dough.
Knead it until it is no longer sticky, adding a little more flour if needed.
Now everyone can play with it. This is the fun part.
I have a cute heart shaped tray that was given to me last year as a gift. I stocked it up with play dough pins, cookie cutters and all things fun for cutting.
No need to spend money, use whatever you have on hand.
Luke (7) and I rolled it out and used the heart cookie cutter and the zig zag maker.
That was fun, but he had other ideas.
It smells so good! Just like cherries.
Then the boys took over and created their own things.
They each made a pretend pizza.
Luke’s was a smiley face pizza.
Matthew’s (4) was a pepperoni pizza. (He loves demonstrating, can you tell?)
And that is how super easy it is to make Kool Aid play dough. Store it in an airtight container.
This would make the perfect activity for a Valentine’s party at home or school. You could even give the play dough out as Valentine gifts in little airtight containers decorated with hearts.
Looking for more homemade play dough recipes? Check out my Pumpkin Play Dough recipe. It smells amazing too!