How to make… (part 1: Homemade Playdough)

This recipe is easy and fun!  Get your kids involved in the process by allowing them to pour the ingredients into the saucepan.  Since it’s made with koolaid it smells great (like the flavor on the packet) your child may want to taste it; but don’t worry, it’s non-toxic and they may not do it again after realizing it doesn’t taste so great (very salty)!  You will need a medium saucepan and a mixing spoon…


  • 1 package Koolaid mix (.15 ozish) any flavor
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • food coloring (for some colors)

  1. Mix koolaid package (.15 ozish) and 2 cups of water in medium saucepan
  2. add 2 cups of flour, half a cup of salt, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, and 2 teaspoons of oil to dissolved koolaid
  3. set heat to medium and stir
  4. continually stir over medium heat until dough forms and color becomes more vibrant* (about 10 minutes)
  5. Once dough is formed remove from heat and allow to cool
  6. After the playdough has cooled, divide it as desired and place into containers.  Ziplock bags work great (dough shown divided into 2 sandwich bags) as well as various sized tupperware containers

*If dough is not the bold coloring you would like, add a few drops of food coloring.  I had to do this with the yellow (lemonaid) and blue (blue raspberry) koolaid playdough.  In order to get the coloring in well, add a few drops at a time and knead it through the dough.  Continue to add food coloring drops until desired color appears.  Caution though, this does stain your hands so you may want to wear kitchen/food handlers gloves.

Note: you don’t have to go out and purchase fancy playdough tools, they can get very pricey.  I purchased a set of 100 cookie cutter shapes for just $10 at target – it included all letters, numbers, basic shapes, as well as varies animals and other fun shapes!  I also went to the Dollar Tree to get Sophia her own kitchen tools to use for this and other sensory table activities.

Now that the homemade playdough is complete, have a ball!


3 thoughts on “How to make… (part 1: Homemade Playdough)

  1. Michelle – oohhh…what’s your recipe? I’m always interested in testing new ones as well. This one has so far produced in my opinion the best homemade playdough. We used it all the time when I was a nursery coordinator & even when the kids would mix the colors together it would form another pretty color instead of a hideous brownish/greyish like the store bought kind usually does.

  2. Amanda K says:

    Some of the best play dough tools we use in my classroom are Popsicle sticks, miscellaneous small Tupperware containers, plastic butter knives, etc. We even have used the mr. potato head pieces we have to let them really make their own “potato” head with more creative freedom!

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