Secret Ingredient to the Best Homemade Playdough

October 7, 2010

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Citrus Orange play-dough on the left, Yummy Strawberry on the right.

I got a great tip from a Kindergarten teacher:

The next time you decide to whip up a batch of homemade play-dough, add the secret ingredient:

A package of unsweetened Kool-Aid!

It not only colors the play-dough nicely, but it gives it a yummy smell that covers up any salt or flour smell.

Here’s one of the recipes we like:


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 c salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 package of unsweetened Kool-Aid


  1. Combine all ingredients in a pan and stir.
  2. Use a whisk if needed to get all the lumps out.
  3. Cook over medium heat.
  4. Keep stirring through the lumpy stage until it pulls away from the pan and a ball forms.
  5. Store in a baggy or container so it won’t dry out.

It usually only takes me 10 minutes, start to finish.  Simple and easy!

If you want to see exactly what the dough looks like being made, check out my playdough making tutorial with lots of pictures.  (It’s a slightly different recipe using Alum instead of cream of tartar – both work well.)

Or, for another fun craft dough, here’s a video of us making flubber slime.  (Try to ignore the crying baby in the background 🙂

If you have any other fun make-at-home recipes for young kids, I’d love to hear about them.

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