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Homemade Kool Aid Play Doh {Think Outside The Toy Box Series}

June 16, 2014
DIY Kool Aid Play Doh | View From The Fridge

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:


DIY Kool Aid Play Doh  |  View From The Fridge

  1. 1 cup of flour
  2. 1/4 cup of salt
  3. One pouch of Kool Aid (or one tablespoon of the liquid Kool Aid)
  4. 1 cup of water
  5. 1 Tablespoon of oil (I used Olive Oil)




  1. Pour flour into mixing bowl
  2. Add the salt
  3. Add the Kool Aid Pouch and mix above three ingredients
  4. Bring the water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of oil to the water
  5. Pour half of the water and oil mixture into flour/salt/Kool Aid mixture
  6. Mix!
  7. Add more oil/water to the mix until the dough reaches the desired consistency.

DIY Kool Aid Play Doh | View From The Fridge


Owen was a huge fan of the smell of the Play Doh!

Homemade Kool Aid Play Doh  |  View From The Fridge


After trying to eat some, Charlie decided it was more fun to play with (believe me, it doesn’t taste good).

Homemade Kool Aid Play Doh  |  View From The Fridge


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:

Attempt at edible Play Doh colored with Kool Aid

Attempt at edible Play Doh colored with Kool Aid


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:

Make Edible Play Doh with 3 Ingredients  |  View From The Fridge

Make Edible Play Doh with 3 Ingredients!

Edible Play Doh Ingredients:

  1. Two Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
  2. 3 Marshmallows
  3. 1 Tablespoon of powdered sugar



  1. Place Peanut Butter and Marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 10-15 seconds.
  2. With a spoon, stir the mixture until it’s a good consistency.
  3. 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!

How to make edible Play Doh  |  View From The Fridge


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!

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Now .. stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series and see what they came up with this week:

Amber at From ABC’s to ACT’s

Katy at Chaos and Kiddos

Julia at The Everyday Momma

Becka at Probably Crafting

Echo at The Mad Mommy

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!


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  • Reply ang June 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

    LOVE this idea, Katie! You are so creative :)

    • Reply Katie June 17, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Thanks, Ang! This might have been my boy’s favorite ‘project’ of mine yet!!

  • Reply Amber June 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Looks great! And I bet they smell amazing :) Sorry you couldn’t get the edible one to work. They still look fantastic (I love the colors) even if they don’t taste all that great :)
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    • Reply Katie June 17, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Thanks, Amber! The edible Play-Doh withOUT the Kool-Aid worked great (but that sort of defeated the purpose of this week’s challenge). Love your towel project!! Hope your week is going well!

  • Reply Echo June 16, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I bet it smelled awesome! The kool-aid made our volcanoes small fantastic!!!!! This is such a fun idea!
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    • Reply Katie June 17, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Your volcanoes are awesome, Echo!! Stopping over now to re-read your post. Sounds like we may have some rainy days in store this week and some leftover Kool-Aid in the cupboard! Such a fun series!

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast June 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    There are so many color options with Kool Aid! And I bet it smells great too, even if it isn’t edible. I couldn’t believe how easy it is to make your own play dough. It would be a lot cheaper than buying the real stuff.
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    • Reply Katie June 17, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Hi Jenna! Thanks for stopping by today! It does smell really good (just doesn’t taste that way!!). I will never buy Play Doh again!! This was so easy! Hope you’re having a good week!

  • Reply Elizabeth June 17, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Love this!! Also love that you posted your fails. Makes me feel normal!! Will be trying the play-doh!! Thanks for sharing.
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    • Reply Katie June 17, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Ha! Thanks, Elizabeth! Yes … adding Kool Aid to the edible one was a huge fail, but I guess it’s sort of okay … my boys probably don’t need all that artificial coloring anyway! This recipe is great … I seriously will never buy it again! The Kool-Aid playdoh was so fun, and the boys also enjoyed the Peanut Butter / Marshmallow edible kind (though it didn’t last as long!).

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!


  • Reply Lauren Allen June 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

    What a cute idea! Found you from Time to Sparkle link party! LOVE your blog!
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    • Reply Katie June 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Lauren! I’m so glad you found me over here! Thanks for stopping by! Headed over to checkout your site now! :) Have a great week!

  • Reply Corey @ Tinysidekick June 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Ok. This I gotta try. My little ones would love this and well..suddenly I’m craving the smell of kool aid! Hahaha. Thanks for linking up with us again this week. I hope all is well with the new little bundle of joy :)
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  • Reply Katie Adams June 20, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You will be featured when the post goes live later tonight, and you have been pinned! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Kristen June 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Yummy! pinning…I need to make this stat! Happy SITS Sharefest day!
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  • Reply Haley June 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Made this and it turned out great! A little oilly, but super fun and definently tasty! Awesome Katie!

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    Thanks for sharing these at last week’s party! Your post is one of the features for this week’s Fabulously Frugal Thursday party!

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      Thanks so much for featuring my Play-Doh, Barb! Love you party, and I’ll be back to link up this week!

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      Hi Melissa! I agree! I just opened up the bag of this play dough from two weeks ago, and it still smells delicious!! I’m never buying it again!! So glad you stopped by! Have a great weekend!

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