Kool Aid Playdough Recipe

This is a great edible playdough recipe and it can be eaten immediately. It’s basically the same playdough recipe as the edible playdough recipe.

Kool Aid Playdough Recipe


  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 package of Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup of sugar


  • Mix dry ingredients in a large/medium pan.
  • Add water and oil.
  • Stir over medium heat until it looks as playdough.
  • The end result should have the color of your chosen kool aid.
  • The whole process takes about 8 minutes.

This recipe and several of our other recipes can be found on other websites as well, but we had it first though. I suppose that proves its quality, so try it out!

Extended directions for Kool Aid Playdough Recipe

This is one of my favorite playdough recipes. The color, scent and taste you get from the Kool Aid is just amazing.

Step 1:

Before we begin we have to collect the ingredients. We have some Kool Aid, cream of tartar, flour, sugar, water and oil. The oil is already added to the water.

Step 2:

Add the dry ingredients to a pan. The Kool Aid doesn’t look like it will give much color at this stage, but just wait.

Step 3:

Add the water/oil mix to the pan and stir, the Kool Aid will explode with color. Keep stiring until all lumps are gone.

Step 4:

When it’s all stired well together it should look something like this. Now start cooking on medium heat, while slowly stiring.

Step 5:

When heated for a while it will start to get thicker, just like the image below. At this point you can expect 1-2 minutes until it’s done.

Step 6:

When done it should look like this. You can try to cook some more of the water out of it, just be careful so you don’t burn it.

Step 7:

My playdough was a bit sticky, but it was simple and quick to fix, just knead with some flour and it will improve quickly.

Step 8:

The finished playdough looked like this, very nice color and the scent is amazing. It actually tastes ok too, but not in very large portions I suspect. Good luck!


30 thoughts on “Kool Aid Playdough Recipe”

  1. Worked well! We had to add a little extra flour at the end to counteract some tackiness but after that it was a really good dough and smelled great. We used grape and lemon-lime.

    1. Great! It’s really quite easy to add some extra water or flour to balance the playdough. Glad it worked well 🙂

  2. Why add sugar? shouldn’t it be salt? I have done this 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1 packet of unsweetened koolaid, and you can do it in the mirco-wave

  3. Awesome! easy and quick. My 3 yr old helped. We put it in the freezer for a few miutes for quicker play! It was a b it tacky at first, we sprinkled some flour on the table and kneaded it in. With cook time cool time(with help from freezer) and prekneading……….it took all but 10 mins.

  4. Have you ever tried doubling or tripling the recipes? Or do you recommend making one batch at a time? I need to make some for a pre-K class. Thank you.

    1. I’m sorry, I haven’t, but it should work though. I’m guessing you would have to be a bit careful with the water, use a bit less when doubling/tripling.

    2. I have doubled the recipe many times with success. Always remember with Pre-ks to throw the dough away after a week because its full of germs.

  5. How do you make the kool aid play dough in the microwave? I want to make it with my preschool class and we don’t have a stove.

    Thank you

    1. I actuaslly haven’t tried it in the microwave, but the basic idea should be the same. Mix the ingredients and then give it a spin in the micro.

  6. This was a great recipe. I used green and blue packages to make easter colored playdough. We then cut them into eggs, put beads on them and put them in the oven on 275 for an hour. This hardens the playdough and the kids could take them home that day as an Easter keepsake. I have also done this activity with chocolate playdough and made hearts for valentines day. Great Website! Thank you

  7. I made the kool-aid playdough with my daughter and we used cherry kool-aid! I didn’t allow her to eat it or anything but we had a lot of fun making it! Definitely had to put it in the freezer to cool off and we did roll it in flour so that we could play with it easier! But we had a blast and it worked great for us!

  8. im finding im needing to add alot of extra flour at the end did i do something wrong??

    1. Try with a bit less water, or if you don’t intend to taste the playdough, try switching the sugar with salt.

  9. Just made this for my son and it was great! I like the sugar instead of salt, I don't think he is going to eat any but if he does at least it is not a salt lick…lol thanks!

  10. has anybody try to use this recipr for a fondant all the fondant recipes are too sweet I think I might try it and get back if it works

  11. I made this tonight, and it turned out wonderfully. It take take a lot longer than the recipe says for the play dough to thicken up, and I still had to knead a lot more flour into it. But, it still turned out awesome! Can’t wait for the kids to play with this!

  12. This worked out great. I was out of regular sugar so I substituted powdered sugar. I did not need to add more flour and it was not sticky. I love it! It’s not grainy at all like some of the others.

  13. Didn’t have any Kool-aid so I used a scoop of Tang and salt instead of sugar so far it looks great.

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