Adding a packet of Kool-Aid to homemade playdough is a simple way to give your batch a vibrant color and a fun, fruity smell.
Summa summa summatime! My Facebook and Pinterest feeds are full of creative outdoor activities to keep kids occupied this summer. Soda bottle sprinklers, lawn-size board games, any number of homemade paints and chalks; you could try a different craft every day all summer long.
But can I tell you a secret? I don’t like outside. I live in Mississippi, where summer is really freaking hot and humid. I’m a fair-skinned (read: I burn like toast) mom of two fair-skinned ginger kids. We avoid the sun with vampiric skill. So when school’s out for the summer, we turn to creative ways to have fun indoors, including this Kool-Aid playdough.
I love that it’s easy to make and it’s easy to double or triple the recipe. This playdough is soft and smooth, not grainy like the store-bought version. You can customize it using your child’s favorite color, and along with the rich color comes a pleasant smell.
Kool-Aid playdough is an excellent opportunity to discuss the five senses: your kids can touch the smooth dough, they can smell its fruity scent, they can see its vibrant color, they can hear it plop on the table, and they can even taste its salty flavor.
1 cup flour
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 packet kool-aid
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
In a medium saucepan, combine flour, salt, cream of tartar, and kool-aid.
Add water and vegetable oil and cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a ball, about four minutes. Remove dough from pan and knead until smooth. It will be hot right from the pan -duh- but not too hot to handle.
Allow playdough to cool and store in an airtight container. It will keep for a couple weeks. One batch equals two to three containers of the store-bought version.
Do you make your own playdough?