Kool Aid kinda reminds me of everything good about Summer … especially Summer as a kid. Long, hot Summer days, purple dyed mouths, sticky hands, and Kool-Aid! No, Kool Aid is not sponsoring this post, and no, despite all the memories, I don’t actually make pitchers of Kool Aid for my kids to drink, I’m just reminiscing about MY childhood. The neighborhood kid was the Kool Aid man (seriously … That was his job one Summer), Grape was my favorite (2nd in line just behind Tang for favorite Summer beverage), and I remember drinking pitchers full of it while taking a break from swimming.
One of MY kids favorites? Play Doh. They LOVE it, and a brand new ball of it their favorite! I’m pretty sure Play Doh is partly to thank for getting us through this past winter, and it’s always good entertainment for rainy Summer days!
Well … Today we’re mixing up the two to make Homemade Kool Aid Play Doh!
This is the fourth week of our fun Summer series … Think Outside The Toy Box, a collaboration with five other bloggers and myself to try to come up with NEW and CREATIVE ways to use household items (that aren’t traditionally thought of as toys). This week’s theme is Kool Aid!
Do you know how many creative uses for Kool Aid there are out there? You can dye clothes, towels, your hair, cookies, pretty much anything … and also PLAY DOH!
Once you see how easy it is to #1. Make your own Homemade Play Doh, and #2. Use Kool Aid to color (and scent it), you’ll NEVER buy it again! Seriously … this play doh is better than the store bought kind, smells great, and is FUN (and super inexpensive) to make!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of salt
- One pouch of Kool Aid (or one tablespoon of the liquid Kool Aid)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 Tablespoon of oil (I used Olive Oil)
- Pour flour into mixing bowl
- Add the salt
- Add the Kool Aid Pouch and mix above three ingredients
- Bring the water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of oil to the water
- Pour half of the water and oil mixture into flour/salt/Kool Aid mixture
- Add more oil/water to the mix until the dough reaches the desired consistency.
Owen was a huge fan of the smell of the Play Doh!
After trying to eat some, Charlie decided it was more fun to play with (believe me, it doesn’t taste good).
Now, speaking of eating the play doh …. I really set out to make EDIBLE Play Doh using Kool Aid to color it (that actually tasted good). My first attempt was an epic fail:
The Doh was hard and crumbly after 5 minutes. It did taste good, though!
I followed a recipe for edible play Doh that actually looked a bit healthy AND involved only three ingredients. Then, I simply added a packet of Kool Aid to this Doh. That’s were it all went wrong! Adding the Kool Aid made it sticky and hard.
So … if you want to make edible Play Doh, I do have a great recipe, but I haven’t figured out how to change the color:
Edible Play Doh Ingredients:
- Two Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
- 3 Marshmallows
- 1 Tablespoon of powdered sugar
- Place Peanut Butter and Marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 10-15 seconds.
- With a spoon, stir the mixture until it’s a good consistency.
- Add powdered sugar to the outside until the doh is not sticky anymore
That’s it, and it tastes really good! Owen loved playing with the edible doh (even though it was Peanut Butter colored) and then taking a bite every so often! It was so quick to make, it’s just like making a snack that you can play with first!
Here’s your turn!
What fun crafts, experiments, or games have you done using Kool Aid? Link ’em up here, and share in the fun!
Now .. stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series and see what they came up with this week:
Up next Monday … Ice Cream Cones! And here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer. We’d just love for you to join in the fun and link up some good ideas each week!
May 26 – Glow Sticks (Checkout our Glow Stick Lightning Bugs) June 2 – Plastic Soda Bottles (Checkout our Glitter and Glue Timeout Bottles) June 9 – (Checkout our Paper Bag Pinatas)
June 16 – Kool-Aid
June 23 – Ice Cream Cones
June 30 – Pool Noodles
July 7 – Wax Paper
July 14 – Puzzle Pieces
July 21 – Paper Cups
July 28 – Plastic Milk Jugs
Thanks so much for stopping by today!