DIY Play Dough

DIY Play Dough DIY Play Dough.

My kids just went back to school from Christmas break. Despite having many new toys to play with thanks to Santa they still expected wanted to be entertained. Since I absolutely suck at wii games (with the exception of bowling where I rule) and I made more Rainbow Loom bracelets than I care to admit (double fishtail anyone?), I needed a back up plan. One that was preferably on the cheap and didn’t require me to leave the house (have you seen the traffic). In comes homemade play dough.
DIY Play DoughDIY Play Dough.

I remembered my Mom making play dough for us as kids. We have a winner! You don’t even have to turn on the stove for this one. All you need is a bowl, a spatula and five simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. 5 minutes later you’ve got yourself a nice ball of homemade play dough that smells a whole lot better than the stuff you find in the plastic can if you ask me. You can mix up as many different colors as you like and then just pop them into a zip top bag and into the fridge until your kids are ready to play with them again. Everything in here is edible but I don’t recommend eating it all the same if you know what I mean.

DIY Play Dough

Just pull the bags out of the refrigerator a few minutes before they’re ready to play so that the KOOL dough can come to room temperature. No worries though, IF they don’t give you any heads up (because ehem they’re kids)Β  OR if you’re too busy folding a gazillion loads of laundry just have them knead it until it comes to room temperature. It’s great practice for future pasta making.


DIY Play Dough


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 package (.14 ounces ) unsweetened Kool-Aid mix
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. In large bowl, stir together: flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid.
  2. Pour water and oil over top of mixture. Mix together until a ball forms. Note: If mixture is too β€œsticky,” add more flour a little at a time until it comes together to form a ball.
  3. Knead ball until it's smooth and soft and no longer tacky.
  4. Store play dough in a zip top bag in the refrigerator when not in use.



  1. 1

    This is such a cool idea!! I love how easy it is too. If only I had kids – not sure I have any excuse to make this for myself haha πŸ˜‰

  2. 2

    I used to make my own play-dough for my kids when they were little and now I’ll need to be doing it again with my grandchild. FUN!

  3. 3

    I love this! My son plays with play dough all of the time! This is also so much prettier than the store bought stuff! πŸ™‚

  4. 4

    So fun! I haven’t made play doh in ages… and I love how these colors came out. They’re so girly!

  5. 5

    Perfect! My lil guy will love playing with this!

  6. 6

    IDEAL for a snow day!! Sharing with my friends w/ kiddos! πŸ˜›

  7. 7

    This looks like so much fun! Julien is going to love it!


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