Kool-Aid Playdoh

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Over the weekend we finally made kool-aid playdoh. I have been looking forward to making it ever since a friend of mine shared this blog post with me.   I didn’t want to make a ton of colors in case we hated it, so I let L decide what one color to make and he picked purple (aka grape).  Here is the recipe we used:

1 cup flour
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 package unsweetened Kool Aid mix
1/4 cup salt
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pan. Add the water and oil. Stir over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Remove the mixture when it forms a ball. Knead it until it’s smooth. Let cool and store in an airtight container OR have fun playing!!! Repeat for each color of play dough you want to make.

I bought everything a few days in advance and I’ll admit, I didn’t know what Cream of Tartar was.  I was looking near the tartar sauce.  FAIL.  It’s a spice.  Who knew?  And what else is it used for?  I know someone out there knows.

Anyways, L and B were happy to participate in my project and L happily poured and mixed the ingredients.  And it wasn’t messy at all to make.  I think it may have taken 5 minutes max to get the “batter” all ready.

My happy assistant – who asked me today where Woody’s head was on the shirt.  He did not get it at all.

B took over the project when it came time to heat it.  I am not really allowed near the stove.

To everyone’s surprise, it really did turn into a ball like the instructions said.  I was shocked.  It’s rare that projects really are as easy as they sound and go just as planned. This one for sure did.

B kneaded the dough (which was fairly warm, but not smoking hot or anything).  And it really did turn smooth.

The color of the play-doh wasn’t as bright as the picture on the other blog, but I have no clue why. It’s clearly purple (although this picture makes it look like it’s grey). I wonder if maybe it would turn darker with two packages of Kool-aid? I think I may try that next time.

I like the texture of Kool-aid Play-doh way better than real play-doh. It’s softer and smoother and more workable. We stored ours in an airtight container right away and didn’t play with it too much (L had moved on to something else by then), but I cannot wait to check it in a day or so and see if it’s still nice and soft!

I totally give this project a thumbs up! Try it at home and let me know how you like it!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Amanda

    Ooo! So glad it worked! I think Kool-Aid colors in general tend to be in the pastel range. I’ve dyed yarn with it before and always wound up with pastels.

    I look forward to hearing how it holds up for you. The stuff I made for Leah for Christmas (not this recipe) has since turned into sorta, like, snotty slime. I need to toss it and make some more.

  2. Angie

    You can use cream of tartar to make sugar cookies

  3. Kelsey

    The snickerdoodles that I make for Dustin use Cream of Tartar. They are really good too…one of his favorites.

    I might have to try the playdoh recipe with Dill sometime and see how he likes it!

    1. Jennifer

      Okay so obviously cream of tartar does not taste like fish huh?

  4. Amanda

    Oh, and cream of tartar is a stabilizer. The ony time I really use it is when I’m whipping egg whites. Also, you can combine it with salt and baking soda to make baking powder.

  5. Dani

    I never even knew you could make Play Doh with Kool Aid. How cool.

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