Squish it, sculpt it, mold it, roll it.  That’s right; we’re talking homemade play dough, a classic contraption of gooey fun that your kids will love to get their hands on!  But this time, we’ve decided to supersede the base standards of “normal play dough” and turn an exciting craft into a wonderfully scented ball of fun!  Although it doesn’t taste great due to the concentration of salt in the recipe, it is completely edible, so the Curious George of the family can nibble on the vibrant dough without getting sick.  This play dough recipe is great for young kids (over about 18 months), as it allows them to safely experiment with four out of their five senses (sight, touch, taste, and smell), and they will have a blast with the bright colors and their favorite fruity scents.  And best of all, when you’re finished kneading and cutting, twisting and stretching, you’ll be left with a day’s worth of great memories with the family.

What you need for each colored ball of play dough:

  • 1 cup flour (Add more if consistency isn’t thick enough)
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 (4g) package unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar


  1. Mix together the flour, salt, water, and cream of tartar in a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir in oil.
  3. Mix over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, or until the mixture begins to form into a ball.
  4. Carefully remove the play dough from the pan, and knead until soft.
  5. Grab your cookie cutters and rolling pins, and let the kids (and yourself) indulge in the fun!
  6. When you’re finished for the day, store the play dough in an airtight container, and place in the refrigerator for best results at preserving it.