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Recipe: Kool-Aid play dough

Posted September 3, 2013

Lemonade play dough

I posted a picture of the lemonade play dough that I made for my younger daughter's preschool class on our Facebook page the other day and a fan asked for the recipe.

There are many, many recipes out there for homemade play dough, but this is the one that my daughter's preschool teacher recommended (and it's also found on countless sites online). So this is the one that I'll share.

It's very easy. The only hurdle was getting the alum, a powder that is often used in dying clothes. After looking at a couple of stores, I found a box for less than $2 at Kroger in the spice section. 

In my daughter's class, each month's play dough will be a specific color and have a corresponding smell. I signed up for September, which called for yellow play dough with a lemonade scent.

The recipe turned out a great dough that smells faintly of lemonade. I added yellow food coloring to boost the color. 

Here's how it's done: 


2 ½ cups flour
½ cup salt
1 tablespoon alum
2 packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid

Mix together the dry ingredients and then add the following wet ingredients. I boiled the water in a tea kettle, measured it out and then mixed in the oil before I added it to the flour mixture.

3 tablespoons of oil 
2 cups of boiling water

Stir it up until it's cooled down. If you'd like, add some food coloring now. Then take out the dough and knead it for a bit. Let it cool and store it in a sealed container.

If you have a homemade play dough recipe that you love, please share!


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  • shall6 Sep 4, 2013

    Thank you for sharing lilypony ... must try along with the glitter :)


  • lilypony Sep 3, 2013

    My recipe is a bit easier. Just dump it all in a pot and mix on the stove over med heat until it comes together. Or boil water and dump in a bowl. You can use either alum or cream or tartar, both work. I find the higher salt to flour ratio makes it smoother and lasts longer than the ones with more flour. It lasts several weeks in my preschool classrooms.

    1 cup flour
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup salt
    2 teaspoons cream of tarter
    1 tablespoon cooking oil
    Packet of koolade
    glitter (optional... yet mandatory lol)