Kool-Aid Play Dough Recipe
Homemade Mix in a Bag

Fun Homemade Gift for Kids and Families

Kool-Aid scent and color add a budget friendly and extra kid friendly element to this family fun gift...Making play dough is magical for kids and fun for adults. Plus, many of us (self included) prefer homemade play dough over the brand name store bought "PlayDoh" simply because it tends to be more pliable, smells better and stays moist much longer...

As a bonus, this particular play dough recipe is colored and scented with Kool-Aid drink mix, making it a budget friendly gift and extra fun for the kids.

If you'd prefer, you can also use this play dough mix gift idea with your own family's play dough recipe. The best recipes usually have some amount of cream of tartar for a preservative and oil to keep homemade play dough moist.

Kool-Aid Play Dough Recipe Mix

This play dough mix was created using two cellophane treat bags (available at craft and party stores) and decorated with twisted chenille stems...

To Make This Gift You'll Need:

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cups Salt
  • Click here for free printable play dough recipe gift tag...3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 4 packages of unsweetened drink mix such as Kool-Aid
  • Container: Two Cellophane Treat Bags or container of your choice
  • Gift tag with instructions (or print ours)

Tools: Large spoon, medium sized mixing bowl and a canning funnel is helpful (roll a piece of paper into a funnel if needed).

Optional Additions: A wooden spoon and/or cookie cutters can be added as keepsake embellishments.

How to Make Kool-Aid Play Dough Recipe Mix:

  1. Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar in bowl and set aside.
  2. Put one plastic treat bag into the other. If needed, use a large clean spoon or any utensil handle to push out corners.
    Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar...Put one bag inside the other...
  3. Slip a Kool-Aid packet between bags in front and back.
  4. Using a wide funnel, fill the inner bag with the mix.
    Slip a Kool-Aid mix between bags on each side...Fill inner bag using wide funnel...
  5. Slip the other two Kool-Aid packs into the remaining two sides.
  6. Twist close and secure both bags tightly.
    Slip the other two Kool-Aid packages in remaining two sides...Twish close and secure both bags tightly...
  7. If desired, use chenille stems to give this mix an even more kid-friendly playful look.
    Chenille stems are just one way to decorate this Kool-Aid Play Dough Recipe Mix...To create spirals, wrap chenille stems around pencil or other cylinder...
  8. Click here for free printable play dough recipe gift tag...Attach our free printable Kool-Aid Play Dough Mix Gift Tag and Instructions (shown right) or make your own gift tag and include the following instructions as desired:

    Instructions: Combine mix with 2 cups cold water and 2 tablespoons oil in a large sauce pan. Stir over medium heat. Mixture will be lumpy and very thin. Stirring will take about 5 to 10 minutes. Mixture will start to thicken after several minutes. Push and stir dough as it suddenly stiffens and forms a ball. Stir until you reach play dough thickness and remove pot from heat. When warm but touchable, turn dough out onto wax paper and knead into a loaf. Separate dough into 4 pieces to be colored. Push a dip in each piece and sprinkle from 1 tsp to a full packet of dry unsweetened drink mix. Knead well until desired color and scent is reached.

That's it! Give and have fun!

Instead of Kool-Aid, food coloring can be used to embellish mix and color dough...No Kool-Aid? You can also make this mix without the Kool-Aid. My mom always made it with food coloring. If you'd prefer to give a play dough mix gift with food coloring or that's what your recipe calls for that's fun too...

You can turn the food coloring bottles into vibrant embellishments by using the food coloring to dye coffee filters and wrapping each color in it's own custom dyed coffee filter as shown to the right... give your recipient the full recipe so they can make it for years to come!

Learn More About Play Dough Gifts and Activities:

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