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Chasing Supermom’s Kool-Aid Playdough

Chasing Supermom’s Kool-Aid Playdough

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As I float through the blogosphere, it seems as though just about every mom blogger out there has her take on “the best ever” homemade playdough…SO, I thought I might as well jump on the squishy fun bandwagon and share MY recipe for this kid favorite.

There are a few things that make my playdough recipe special, and set it apart from some of the others…

1. It smells AMAZING!

2. The color is bright and vibrant

3. The playdough does not require you to use food coloring or nearly as much salt as many recipes!

4. Here’s the biggest selling point….You don’t need to have cream of tartar!! (You know, the ingredient you pretty much only have in your cupboard to make playdough, meringue, and snickerdoodles?)

Ready to make this super soft, long-lasting, and kid-pleasing playdough?! (The above dough was made with Grape Kool-Aid.)

Here is what you’ll need!


1 cup flour

1 cup water

1/4 cup salt

1 T oil

1 package of dry Kool-Aid

To Prepare

This recipe is SO simple! Just add ALL of your ingredients to a small saucepan, stir, and heat on medium-low heat.

When the mixture starts to look “clumpy” you know you’re just about there. Keep stirring the mixture, so as not to burn it.

After a few minutes (and this playdough really comes together quickly!) the dough will start to pull away from the sides and come together in a ball. I like to rotate my ball and “sear” on each side for just a few seconds, to ensure that the “gumminess” is gone. This will make the dough easier to knead.

Turn the dough out onto a hard surface and knead it until it smooth and pliable. *I do NOT recommend having your children do this, as the dough is HOT! This dough is made with Cherry Kool-Aid. Isn’t the color amazing?! It smells SO good too!

Store your dough in a ziploc bag in the fridge, and it will literally last and last!

Have fun experimenting with different flavors of Kool-Aid and enjoy this deliciously scented dough with your kids! It is a big hit at our house, and I’m sure your kids will love it too! Happy playing!

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  1. just curious, does this playdough leave color stain on the kids’ skin or clothes?

    • The only time it may leave a hint of color on their hands is if they play with it while it is still fresh out of the pan. Once it cools, we’ve never had a problem with staining. (Like with all playdough however, it will grind into the carpet, etc…)

  2. Thank you so much for sharing a dough without the tarter, I will be sharing the link!

  3. This is a fun activity thank you for sharing. I have used Kool-Aid to tie dye T-shirts with my children…such a versatile drink mix! 🙂


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