Scented Kool-Aid Play Dough Recipe – Preschool Craft & Activity

Much like the edible finger paint recipe last week, I have another great recipe to share that stems from a flop.  This time it’s scented Kool-Aid play dough.  Still no luck making edible slime!  It seems that everyone on the Internet has re-posted the exact same recipe that doesn’t work.  I’ve searched and searched, read through comments on posts, etc. and I can’t figure out why people keep posting a recipe that is no good.  Maybe just for the searches?  I don’t know, but it is annoying me- just in case you can’t tell, haha.

Scented Kool-Aid Play Dough


– 1/2 cup salt
-1 cup water
-2 tsp cream of tartar
-1 cup flour
-2 tsp vegetable oil
-1 packet flavored drink mix (Kool-Aid)


In a medium sauce pan, mix all ingredients together.
Stir over medium-low heat until it begins to thicken.
When you start to see mostly dry spots and the mixture pulls away from the pan, turn off heat.
Allow to cool, knead, and enjoy!

Bryson (3) enjoys cooking, so he helped make this batch.  He poured and mixed the ingredients, then did some of the stirring for me.  Kids love the opportunity to be involved and they feel accomplished when they see the end result.  Never pass up a chance to let them help- it’s worth the extra effort and little bit of mess!

The Kool-Aid gives this play dough a fun scent and color.  I used Hawaiian Punch here, but I want to try some other flavors too.  I think the texture is a little lighter and fluffier than my other homemade play dough.  It is safe for little ones and it’ll be okay if they try to eat it, but they’ll probably decide it doesn’t taste too well.  Bella took a bite and quickly spit it back out- it’s very salty!

Speaking of Bella, she helped me with the photos for this post.  I started to shoo her away, but then I realized that little hand actually made the photos cuter.  Instead, I encouraged her to dig in and play while I snapped away.  I know this sweet, chubby hand won’t be little for long and I love having it captured for life.

Continuing my search for an edible slime recipe…  Any ideas?

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  1. Such an adorable photo! As for the slime, I remember when I was a kid and visited Universal Studios, the Nickelodeon studio was my favorite part, and they had slimet hat was edible. Although that probably isn’t the kind of slime you’re looking for. It’s not pliable or playable – just messable. But, if you wanna relive your childhood, here’s how you can make Nickelodeon slime:

    • Thanks for the link, Lindsay! I was hoping for playable slime, but I’ve about decided it doesn’t exist. Always enjoy trying new things though!

  2. This is a cool idea! Have you had any drying out or anything?

    • Homemade play dough lasts much longer than store bought. The kids have left it our for hours at a time and it’s fine. I usually just keep it in baggies and make a batch every 3 or 4 months, but I’ve never had any dry out at all!

  3. What a fun idea!

  4. I don’t know about edible slime but I’ll let you know if I do find some…. meanwhile this intrigues me. I’ve always loved play dough and I love the photo, so cute.

  5. I need to try this one of these days. But I’m so clueless I don’t even know what cream of tartar is or where in the world to find it. (seems like most diy things have at least one thing like this that i don’t have around my house)

    • Cream of Tartar is found with the spices and comes in a regular spice jar- any store should carry it. I use several recipes that call for it too. :)

  6. Does the color come off on the hands or clothes? Sounds fun!

  7. What a neat idea!

  8. Good luck with the slime. Have you tried anything with corn syrup or gelatin?

  9. Robin Wilson says:

    I just love this idea! Real play dough doesn’t smell good at all to me for some reason, never has. My niece is coming over for a “play date” with me this weekend and I try to have some fun activities to do with her. But I was running out of ideas until now.

    Question: Does the addition of the drink mix make it stain your skin?


  10. Can you omit the cream of tartar?? Will it still work??


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