Microwave Kool-Aid Play-Doh

Happy Wednesday ya’ll! I am so excited to share this quick and simple kids project with you today, because it has been one of my kids favorite crafts this summer. And not only is it inexpensive to make, but it is so easy and fast!

I hesitated to share the recipe because there are so many homemade play-doh recipes out there, along with multiple Kool-Aid play-doh recipes. But in looking at many of them, the one thing I found was that almost all of them required Cream of Tartar and boiling and mixing on the stove. And while there is nothing wrong with those recipes, you know me…I prefer quick, easy and simple. I actually learned how to make this play-doh from my kids’ pre-school, where they always have this play-doh on hand. So thank you Kids Co-Op for providing us with this everlasting recipe and the gift of play!

Microwave Play Dough

 

Ingredients:

2 cups Flour

1/2 cup Salt

2 Unsweetened Kool-Aid Packages

2 cups Boiling Water

3 Tbsp Oil

Homemade Play Doh Ingredients

 

1. Mix Dry Ingredients Together.

Homemade Play Doh step 2

 

Homemade Play Doh Step 3

 

Homemade Play Doh step 4

 

WARNING: Play-Doh mixture will be HOT! I usually let it cool off for 5-10 minutes before kneading.

 

Homemade Play Doh step 5

 

 

Voila! In less than 10 minutes (minus cooling time), your kiddos can have yummy looking and smelling homemade play-doh!

Less than 10 minutes!

 

My kids love to try to guess what color the play-doh is going to turn out being, since the packaging can often be deceiving!

 

Homemade Kool-Aid Play Doh

 

Homemade Microwave Play Doh

 

P.S: This recipe can be doubled or cut in half. Just make sure to split ingredients accordingly.

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Microwave Kool-Aid Play-Doh
 
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Quick & simple way to make homemade play-doh with only 5 ingredients!
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Recipe type: Homemade Play-Doh
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • ½ cup Salt
  • 2 packages Unsweetened Kool-Aid
  • 3 Tbsp Oil
Instructions
  1. Mix Dry Ingredients
  2. Boil Water in Microwave for 3-4 minutes
  3. Add Water & Oil to Dry Ingredients and Mix
  4. Move to Flat Surface and Knead until Smooth

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  1. This looks like a lot of fun! Even without kids around I want to try this and have some fun on my own! Hey, it can keep me busy for at least a little bit! And it’s ridiculously easy too!
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  2. Great tutorial! It’s crazy to buy premade when making homemade play dough is so easy. I used to make our own when the kids were little, plus all the time when I taught preschoolers.
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  3. I love this idea! We’ve made play dough with food coloring and it continues to dye my kids hands. Does that happen with the Kool-Aid?
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    • Thanks Twinglemommy for stopping by! And to answer your question, that is the beauty in this play-doh recipe…NO Cream of Tartar and NO food coloring! The kook-aid does NOT stain your hands, so it’s a perfect recipe!

  4. This is so cool! I will try this with my kids
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  5. Where did you get the little containers?

    • Abigail says:

      Hi Julia and thank you for stopping by my blog! I purchased the containers at the .99 cent store. They come in a package of 6 for .99!

  6. That is awesome! Here’s a question though – how long does this last? Is it a one time use thing, or can you use it over and over again as long as you keep it in the container?
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    • Abigail says:

      Hi Cat! Thanks for stopping by and good question. It will stay in good condition, as long as you keep it in a sealed container. We keep ours for several weeks and then throw it out. Usually because the play-doh has “other stuff” in it, ie: dirt, chips, rocks, etc. Lol! I also use this play doh in my classroom for weeks on end, replacing every 6-8 weeks.

  7. What a neat recipe! So glad you shared! Blessings from Bama!

  8. I love this recipe, and we used it in our first week of homeschool this week. I shared your recipe on my blog at http://momtomanygirls.com/one-week-behind-us-and-everyone-is-still-alive/ Thanks!!

  9. Barbara H says:

    I would love to make this playdough but I have a problem. I live in Spain and Kool aid is impossible to obtain. Is there a substitude for Kool Aid ? Thank you in anticipatation.

    • HI Barbara and thank you for stopping by to leave a comment here on Lovin’ Our Chaos! Unfortunately, I am not sure what the equivalent to powdered Kool-Aid is in your country, but I know that somehow it helps the consistency of the play-doh, so it really is necessary. Another reader suggested cordial in a powdered form? Or maybe another type of powdered unsweetened drink mix? If you try it, please come back and let me know what you found and what works! Thanks again!

  10. Hi, I’m in Australia and I’m not sure what kool aid is, I don’t think we have it here but if you can tell me what it is I might be able to find an alternative.

    Thanks.

    • HI Emma and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment here on Lovin’ Our Chaos. Unfortunately, I am not sure what the equivalent to powdered Kool-Aid is in your country, but I know that somehow it helps the consistency of the play-doh, so it really is necessary. Another reader suggested cordial in a powdered form?

      • That’s ok. I managed to google kool aid and zoom in on the picture to see what it was described as. I found powered cordial in the supermarket the other day and I might give that a go, fingers crossed it works!!

        • Oh great! Will you let me know how it turns out? I would love to share the results with my international readers!

          • I’ve emailed you my results! With pics.

          • Thanks Emma for the message and pictures! I am going to add it to my post for all of my international readers! Thanks again for trying it out!

  11. Emma, Kool aid is like our cordial but it’s in powdered form. I’m in Oz too and can’t think of an equivalent as I’ve never seen powdered cordial here.

    • Thank you Belinda for contributing, as I am not sure what the equivalent would be to Kool-Aid in other countries. :-(

  12. Do the cool-aid not stain when you play with it????

  13. What type of flour is used in this recipe? Thanks!

  14. I think powdered Tang might work instead of Koolaid (except it does have sugar in it..)

    • Thanks Suzanne for leaving me a comment! I am not sure how Tang would work, considering the sugar. It looks like cordial worked for those that don’t have access to Kool-Aid. :-)

  15. I’m in Oz too, and find that sweet shops (lolly/candy shops) often sell Kool-Aid with other USA chocs, candy etc. Have found it great for sensory play mixes such as this!

  16. Areshea Galan says:

    Just made three batches (halved the receipe) in the time it would have taken me to do I batch on the stove top. Came out great we did Kool aid pink lemonade and grape. The last one I added 1tsp of unsweetened coco powder, it smells yummy.

    • Yay! I am do happy that you LOVE the recipe Areshea! That’s what my blog is all about…finding the short cuts in life, so we can continue on with the chaos!

  17. I did find that I needed a lot more flour. What did I do wrong?

    • Hi Amber and thank you for your comment. Did you follow the recipe exactly or did you reduce or double it? One time I went to double the recipe and didn’t do it correct and it was way too mushy. I added more flour, but the salt was off and the play-doh ended up molding. :-( I know that the water must come to a boil as well. So, the amount of time that it needs to come to a boil would depend on your microwave. I just watch it to make sure that it does come to a boil. Please keep me posted on your findings, as I am anxious to see what might have happened. Thanks!

  18. I am a teacher for Even Start (ages birth to age 7) I used this recipe as a family project with one of my students. It turned out GREAT!! Thanks so much! I have seen many recipes for play dough but had never tried it before now. I mixed the dough all up, separated it into 4 parts, then added the kool-aid to it. I actually used 4 packs (orange, cherry, lemon lime, and blue raspberry). I liked how the colors were bright and smelled good too! The only problem was the cherry, it didn’t turn out red, but that was ok! I had seen homemade play dough in a toddler classroom before but the consistency was gritty and sticky, this recipe made the consistency perfect!! I was excited to share the recipe with all my parents :)

  19. Melise Klassen says:

    How much is in one package of the kool aid? I only have a big container of it and need to know the amounts. Thanks!! Can’t wait to try!

    • HI Melise and thank you for stopping by Lovin’ Our Chaos and leaving a comment/question. The answer to your question is 1 Tbsp. Enjoy making your play doh!

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