In our household, we love making homemade playdough! Our secret ingredient is using Kool-Aid, which not only gives it color, but more importantly, makes it smell amazing! In this episode, Kinsley and I use “grape” flavor to make the color purple. If you watch closely enough, you’ll even find moments of us randomly smelling our creations. We can’t help ourselves. That’s the side effect of making playdough that smells good.

Homemade Playdough

2 cups of flour
1 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tbsp. oil
2 cups of water
1 packet of Kool-Aid or food coloring


Step 1: Mix all your ingredients into a large bowl. If you want the color darker or more vibrant, add more food coloring into your mix.
Step 2: Once mixed, heat playdough over medium heat until the consistency thickens. When the color shifts to a darker shade, your playdough is done cooking. Remove from heat.
Step 3: Knead your playdough. Initially it will be very hot, so be careful and allow it to cool until it’s safe to touch.
Step 4: Then you’re done! Some fun activities to do with your playdough is making impressions with toys, testing out cookie cutters, or making animal and bug sculptures. Happy making!

All photos by Hannah Pomante

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