Spring has sprung a little early in our area and we’ve been celebrating this amazing-smelling rainbow playdough.  To make it, simply add a packet of Kool-Aid to our delightfully squishy One-Pot Playdough Recipe.  Voila!  You have Kool-Aid playdough!

I’ve tried a few Kool-Aid playdough recipes before and they all came out a little off – either too hard, dry or tough.  But believe me, this recipe will not disappoint!!  When you’re done, snag your Playdough Mats in our shop!

Scented Kool-Aid Playdough

To make this Kool-Aid playdough you’ll have to repeat the recipe for each color.  It’s a bit of work but, according to my kids, it’s well worth it. Simply add all the ingredients (below) to a pot, mix it until all the lumps are gone, then head to the stove.

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 Kool-Aid unsweetened drink mix packet (pink lemonade, cherry, orange, lemonade, green apple, blue raspberry and grape)


I heat the playdough over low heat, stirring constantly, until the dough thickens and pulls away from the sides of the pot.  Then, I turn off the heat and allow the playdough to cool a little in the pot.  The dough should still be a little sticky.

After several minutes, I dump the still-tacky dough onto a clean counter and knead it until smooth and no longer sticky.  Be very careful not to overcook your dough, as it will cause your dough to be quite firm.

Kool-Aid Playdough Play

Spring is definitely around the corner as we’ve noticed lots of birds gathering nesting material around our house.  With this in mind, I set up a tray with everything my kiddos would need to make their own avian creations.  I used craft foam from the dollar store to cut little beaks, pipe cleaners for feet, black beads for eyes, craft feathers for wings and tails and grabbed a garlic press for to make nesting material.


A couldn’t wait to start creating and quickly got busy rolling balls and adding all the part to make some ridiculously cute chicks.  Then, she gave her hands a good workout by using the garlic press to make nesting material for each of the dozen chickies.  
Rainbow Kool-Aid Playdough

She continued playing for nearly an hour, making up a pretty fantastic story that included a small ostracized chick, a hen lost at sea and a heroic sea-faring rooster.  What will your kiddos come up with playing with this amazing scented Kool-Aid playdough?

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  1. Hi….It amazes me how there are so many fun and wonerful smelling play doughs to be made. Forget ever buying again. Lol One thing bothering me is my 3 yr old grandson is going through this spell of “teasing” like he is going to put certain things in his mouth. I am wondering if these wonderful smelling playdoughs would Not be a good idea right now. I am thinking though, if he succeeded putting some in his mouth, he would soon spit it out even if it did smell good. Loved the green apple playdough but since it had hair conditioner, I decided against it. ******The purpose of this note was to originally ask what the longevity of most of the playdough recipes is??????? Thanks for such a huge selection o choose from.

    1. Hi Sharon,

      This dough tends not to last as long as other play doughs made without kool-aid. After about a month it gets kinda sticky. Also, despite it’s yummy smell it is still pretty darn salty, but since it’s totally safe to eat it might not hurt to let your 3 year old try to tease you by eating some. The horrible taste coupled with your nonchalant reaction just might take all the fun out of teasing you! Have fun and good luck!

  2. Hi Malia,

    About how many cup(s) does one recipe make? I’m looking to duplicate for a birthday party and want to make sure there’s enough for everyone! Thank you!

    1. Hi Christine! It is about 2. I hope that it is a hit at the party! Happy Birthday! ?

      Kaylee // Playdough to Plato Team

  3. Do you know how long this play dough lasts and do you keep it in the fridge?

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