Make Your Own Koolaid Play Dough

What You Need:

1 package Koolaid or other brand drink mix (the kind where you add the sugar yourself)
1 cup flour
1/4 cup (yes, CUP) salt
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tbsp alum/cream of tartar
1/2 cup hot water

You can get the hot water either by boiling a kettle or by running your hot tap very hot. Dissolve everything except the flour in the water. It has to be good and hot to dissolve all that salt. Then add the flour, mix, and knead. Resist the temptation to add a little more flour because it's too sticky -- just keep kneading. If you have children to help you they can work the dough once the temperature cools.

This will have the consistency of commercial play dough and the advantage that it doesn't need to be cooked over the stove. It also smells nice because of the drink mix.

More fun stuff to make with your kids:

Sidewalk Chalk
Finger Paints

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This page last updated on: October 3, 1997.