A few weeks ago, Henry came home with the best play dough we’ve ever had. It smelled SO good and it was perfect: soft and pliable without being dry. The color in the store-bought kind always leaves marks all over my counter, and it’s so “wet” it sticks to the inside of the cups. I don’t ever buy it because it’s just a mess clean up every time the kids want to use it. I asked his Sunday School teacher where she got the recipe and we made a batch of our own Kool-Aid Play Dough at home this week. The play dough-covered toys on my counter are proof that it’s a hit!
Kool-Aid Play Dough
You probably already have all the ingredients for this kool-aid play dough right in your pantry. This very simple recipe (just measure and dump) is perfect for “helping hands” in the kitchen.
I altered a recipe from The 36th Avenue just slightly and chose to use my stand mixer with dough hooks instead of mixing by hand. It only takes a few seconds to get the color evenly distributed this way. However, if you don’t have a stand mixer, you can certainly still make this and mix it with your hands. That may be even more fun for the kids anyway. 🙂 Although my boys liked watching the mixer do its magic.
Kool-aid Play Dough
- 1 1/2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 packet Kool-Aid (pick your color)
- 1/2-2/3 cup boiling water
- 1 tbsp oil
- Boil 2/3 cup of water
- While water is coming to a boil, dump all dry ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Pour in boiling water and oil, mix with dough hooks until the color is uniform and it feels like play dough.
- Add more flour if it's too wet and sticky. Add more water if it's too dry.
- Store in baggies or airtight containers.
Pull out a few cookie cutters and random kitchen gadgets and you MAY be able to sneak in a few moments to yourself while the little ones play happily!