Kool-Aid Scented Play Dough


Those who know me might be surprised to see Kool-Aid in my pantry!  I’ve been wanting to make homemade scented play dough with it since the days of the Kraft/All You magazine coupons, way back in 2008, when I ended up with stacks and stacks of the stuff.

This recipe is fun, easy and frugal! 

You will need:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
4 tsp cream of tartar (optional, but recommended)
1-2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups boiling water
large bowl, spoon, clean work surface

I decided to divide the recipe by 4, to make four different colors.

Add the flour to the bowl.  When dividing by 4, this is 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons.

Measure and add salt. 

If you’re dividing by 4, this will be 1/8 cup, or 2 Tablespoons.

Next, add the Kool-Aid.  2 packets to a whole batch is plenty, so if you’re dividing by 4, add just 1/2 packet to each bowl.

Then add the cream of tartar.  1 tsp per bowl if you’re dividing by 4.  This is optional, so if you don’t have it, don’t worry.  It does improve the texture and make it a bit less sticky!

Stir the dry ingredients, then add the oil.  If you’re diving by 4, that’s 3/4 Tablespoons, or 2 1/4 tsp (for more accurate measuring!)  Stir as best you can.  It will be clumpy.  No worries, you will knead it in later!

Next, you will add the boiling water, 1/2 cup in each bowl if you’ve divided by 4.  Important: Make sure your water is boiling and not, you know, just really, really hot.  Don’t ask me how I know this.  {{cough, cough}}  Make sure your kids are clear of the work area for this part.

Start stirring.

Keep stirring, and it will start to come together.

Once you’ve incorporated all of the dry ingredients, let it cool until you can handle it.

If you tried to use really, really hot water instead of boiling water, you’ll have a sticky mess.  Don’t ask me how I know this.  What?  There’s photo evidence?  Oopsie.  Hee hee.

If you used way too much Kool-Aid in your sticky mess (4 packets per batch is too much!) your hands may be stained slightly for a few hours!

If you used boiling water…

It will come together nicely…

and won’t look so sticky, even while it’s still hot.  Don’t worry about those lumps, you will work them out later (good stress buster!)

Once the dough has cooled, you can get your kids involved again.  Please use caution and knead it yourself a few times before giving it to your kids.  It can seem cool but still be very hot in the middle.

Getting it nice and smooth!

*sniff*  Smells great!  (Doesn’t taste as good though.  Um…so I hear.)

You’re finished kneading when the dough is smooth and elastic.

If you’ve used boiling water and you didn’t overdo it on the Kool-Aid, your hands won’t be stained!

This dough has a wonderful texture, and doesn’t leave the disgusting salt coating on your hands, like the homemade dough I remember from my childhood!  It also smells fantastic, of course!   Use it just as you would a commercial play dough product, but store it in the fridge in an airtight container.

It’s also non-toxic, as long as your child doesn’t have a gluten intolerance, or dye sensitivity!  I doubt any child would eat more than a bite of it anyway, it’s salty!  Um, I’ve heard!

Each batch makes approximately two pounds of dough!

Have fun!


  1. 1

    I’ve done this with rice flour to make it GF for my niece with Celiac. I think the pink lemonade and blue raspberry smell so good!

  2. 2

    I wondered if alternative flours would work in this recipe. Good to know!! :-)

  3. 3

    Thanks for the great recipe! I’ve always disliked the smell of play dough, so I’m excited to give this a try.

  4. 4

    What a great idea! I bet it smells yummy.

  5. 5

    my daughter loved this two thumbs up.

  6. 6

    This is great, my daughter loved it. :)

  7. 7

    How wonder full this is keeps the brat entertained for ten minutes 😀

  8. 8

    i love it

  9. 9

    What a fun idea! I love scented things . . . although it might tempt my kiddo to eat it, lol. At least it’s non-toxic.

  10. 10

    Great recipe! I like to add a little extra oil when dividing the recipe in half…this one makes a LOT! Also I think you do need 2 packets of kool aid to a half batch in order to really be able to smell it! Fyi…there are a few flavors of kool aid that are “invisible” so you can get the yummy smell without the worry of dying your little ones hands!


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