Home-Made Play Dough

What kid does not like play dough? Now you can make your very own Homemade Playdough! As a mom though…sometimes I am not a big fan. It always seems to get EVERYWHERE. But it is not without its bonuses. It entertains at our home for a long time. And I usually end up joining in the fun. It is hard to resist squishing the warm, soft dough.

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We have used this recipe for several years.  This homemade playdough smells delicious and has a great texture and consistency. Another good thing about this play dough is that if it dries out all you have to do is add a little water to it and it is as good as new. So go ahead and whip some up today. You will be glad you did. I promise. But I can’t promise that it won’t end up all over the kitchen floor and maybe even your carpet if your kids are as messy as mine.


Home-Made Play Dough


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid or other powdered fruit drink
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water


  1. 1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot.
  2. 2. Add water and oil.
  3. 3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. 4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.
  5. 5. Knead until smooth.
  6. 6. Play and explore with this fragrant, brightly colored dough as you would any play dough.
  7. 7. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate to store.



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Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


  1. 1

    I love this blogg. Your ideas are so adorable. You are so amazing and talented. I love to see what new things you are doing.

  2. 3
    Kayla's Korner Designs says:

    I just made a couple of batches for my kids. LOVE how easy and great this recipe is. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 4
    charlamagne says:

    i made it just now and my kids could'nt be happier!!! now i need to go get some more flour and kool aide!! Thanks a lot for this recipe!!

  4. 5

    Amy the kids and I made this tonight… Your Blog is GREAT! Thanks… Your Bro

  5. 6
    Lacie @ Creative Attempts says:

    we made it and love it, I plan to post about it link back :)

  6. 7

    Do you have to keep it in the fridge?

    • 8

      No, you don’t. But it will last longer if it is kept in the fridge. We have had ours for over a year just sitting in the cupboard though and it still works great. If it dries out just add a tiny bit of water and it should go right back to normal…just don’t add too much water.

  7. 9

    Does using koolaid stain anything?

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    Barbara Shaffer says:

    Here I am, 4 yrs after your post, trying the recipe! Hopefully, you’re still answering email on this post. I had completely different results from your picture & your comments. I’m hoping the problems are ones you can help me with. I used the recipe as posted for 4 different colors/flavors (wow, nothing like kneading warm playdough!), but the colors were pale, not vibrant like yours & the fragrances were mild & unrecognizable, both initially & after “standing” a few days. I ended up boosting the colors w/food coloring (though it didn’t help much w/the red), but that, of course, didn’t do anything for the lack of fragrance. Any guesses as to what I may have done wrong?

  9. 11

    We made this today — so easy and it worked perfectly! Of course my son had to taste it ;)


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