Kool-Aid Playdough

When I worked in a day care centre I made a new batch of playdough every single week, but I feel a little guilty to admit that it’s one activity I hadn’t done with my own boys! All that’s change, since I added making playdough to our March Break list of boredom busters!

We whipped up a few batches of Kool-Aid playdough this week and the boys loved it! The best part was the boys were a great age to do it almost entirely by themselves! I handled the boiling water bit and helped scoop the dough onto a floured surface for kneading but they took care of everything else and the project was a big hit with the whole family! The dough is so soft and nice to work with that even Mom and Dad sat down for a playdough play session with the boys! Plus, it smells really good! 

koolaid playdough


Recipe for Homemade Kool-Aid Playdough


1 1/4 cup flour
1 cup boiling water
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt 
1 package of Kool-aid, any flavour

Directions – Easy as 1-2-3!

1. Mix together flour, salt and Kool-aid powder.

2. Stir in boiling water and oil and mix until well blended.

3. Scoop dough onto a floured surface and knead until the playdough is a nice consistency, add more flour if needed. 

koolaid playdough


The batches will be a little bigger than the balls shown above, my boys were busy playing with it when I snapped some pics and I didn’t want to steal it all away! We used, Orange, Grape and Tropical Punch but feel free to use any flavour/colour you like! Store the playdough in a ziploc bag or plastic containter when finished. 


  1. I used to make play-doh for my kids when they were little, but never thought to colour it with Kool-Aid! Love this idea.

  2. This is so cool! I’ve seen this before and have been meaning to make some! What fun! You’re so creative, my friend! I love all your kids’ crafts and recipes! You inspire me!

    • momvstheboys says:

      thanks hon! I know your little girl likes baking but isn’t a fan of sweets, maybe she would like a recipe she doesn’t have to eat lol

  3. Wow. They look amazing! I love how simple it is to make them too. Ive been telling myself that i need to make some for ages. Now that i found the perfect recipe i have no excuse not to. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great idea 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  5. What pretty colours and it seems so easy to make! My son is a PlayDoh fiend, but I the idea of having him help make it and then play with it. A bigger sense of accomplishment and pride would follow.

  6. That is so super cool and I’m going to make some with my son this week. We got Kool-aid packs from my brother and the kids do not like it (to drink) so I was like what can I do with it. Now I know, and we can play and have fun and he can share with his friends outside.

  7. Love, love, love this idea 🙂 Who knew you could use Kool-Aid? I sure didn’t! Thanks for sharing this, Jen!

  8. Anne Taylor says:

    This is so cool! I’m going to do this with my grandkids this summer on an afternoon we don’t have much to do!

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve made my own playdough (it was called salt dough at the time, many years ago) and made Christmas ornaments with it. When formed it was then ‘baked’ in the oven at a low temperature to harden it. Then out came the paints 🙂

  10. Marilyn Legault says:

    I used to make this, but the Kool-aid is new to me

  11. My grandson was eating sand on Saturday. He might find this a little more to his taste. haha.

  12. Linda Bragg says:

    This will be handy for me later when my little grandaughter is born and grows up a bit. She’s due Sept 2nd this yr. so when gramma goes down to Ohio to visit my family, I am going to take this with me as a project for her and I to do as some fun time!! This is really so neat and safe to make. I have always heard of this being done but never knew or had a reason to know before now…lol I can’t wait to share all the fun stuff with my grand kids. 🙂

  13. Thanks for the recipe! I have been looking for a good one!

  14. Laurie P says:

    I was just telling hubby we need to make some for our toddler. I like this version, especially the color from using kool-aid!

  15. That’s a lot simpler recipe than the one I have.

  16. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve never heard of Kool-Aid being used when making playdough before. What wonderful colours you get, a great idea. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us 🙂

  17. loucheryl says:

    This is a keeper of an idea for a rainy Summer day!

  18. Silvia D says:

    very creative.Would smell good and kids would love it. I have used gingerbread spice at Christmas to scent playdough, but not Koolade!

  19. Jared S Denison says:

    I might make these when I babysit my nice and nephew in 2 weeks.

  20. great fun for a rainy day

  21. William Deaffie says:

    Such a great idea. Such vivid colour.

  22. Looking forward to trying this out! My daughter LOVES play doh!

  23. I wonder how long it keeps for? I’m going to try this, they are so colourful

  24. Rosanne Robinson says:

    This is a great idea, my grandson loves playdough.

  25. kathy downey says:

    Thanks this look easy to mke and i bet the smell is amazing

  26. Donna Harris says:

    Thank you Jennifer for posting this recipe for the Kool-Aid Playdough! I made this years ago for my sons to play with when they were young, but lost the recipe over the years. I mention this while back to my oldest son and was going to make for the Granddaughters to play with but it slipped this older aged mind. Thanks for reminding me and the recipe!

  27. Thanks for the great idea. I look forward to trying it out.

  28. Pamela James says:

    I remember making playdough with kids but not with kool-aid! They would be so jealous I bet it tastes better than theirs LOL

  29. mrdisco says:

    that’s a pretty cool indoor project

  30. very good idea, will have to try it out

  31. Darlene W says:

    haven’t made this in years, I should make a batch up for when the grandkids come over

  32. kathy downey says:

    I used to make play-doh for my kids when they were little and i hated the smell but this stuff smells so good !!

  33. jay nelson says:

    I can smell it already. Grape….so good.

  34. Linda Bragg says:

    This is really cool. I wondered how this was done and so glad to have found the recipe. Now I can make some for or with my grandkids and they will have a blast making it too. This is going to be so much fun and they will think gramma is so smart!!! haha not really… lol

  35. Marilyn Legault says:

    Knowing my grandson, I’m afraid of him wanting to eat it if he knew there was Kool-aid in the playdough

  36. This is great! I’ve never made play dough before!Thanks!

  37. What a great recipe for play dough

  38. Jennifer Ann Wilson says:

    This will smell so good. Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Marilyn Legault says:

    I’ll be watching that the kids don’t eat this with it smelling so good.

  40. I like the rich colors with the Kool aid.

  41. I had no idea you could use koolaid to make play doh! I’m definately going to try this!

  42. kathy downey says:

    We are going to make green this weekend for St Patty’s

  43. salexis alexis says:

    Say What????? Love that these colours somehow look so much more natural!

  44. Caryn Coates says:

    This is so neat. My kids love playdough so I definitely need to try this with them. Thanks so much for sharing

  45. Darren Scrubb says:

    A nice looking way for children to have fun with playdough.

  46. Leeanne C says:

    I love making the kool-aid playdoh. So much fun for the kids and also smells good. You know it’s safe as well.

  47. sarah alexis says:

    The best thing about Kool-Aid Playdough is that it SMELLS SOOOO GOOD!

  48. Sounds like a fun project for the kids

  49. Tammy Dalley says:

    we make play dough all the time,ive never tried making it with kool aid though thanks for sharing

  50. Janet Meisner says:

    This makes such beautiful rich colors and is always fun.

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