Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kool Aid Playdough

I have been trying to do at least one "art or craftsy" thing with Leah and Sam each week. Of course all five of the children want to participate, and that is fine! This week, we made homemade Kool Aid Playdough.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 Tbs. oil
1 package unsweetened Kool Aid
1 cup boiling water.

Mix all ingredients except the water in a bowl. I made three batches: one red, one blue, and one yellow. I bought lemonade Kool Aid for the yellow, but it turned out to be a yukky color. So we added a package of orange. Microwave the 1 cup water until it is boiling, and then add it to the mixture. Stir until combined, and then knead it as soon as it is cool enough to do so. This dough is not sticky, and is really easy to knead.

The Red

The Yellow

The Blue

Julie divided each color of dough into five balls, one ball for each child.

Each child got a ball of red, yellow, and blue.

Then they divided their balls into three smaller balls, and mixed red and yellow to make orange, red and blue to make purple, and yellow and blue to make green.
Leah with her dough

The finished product!

Colorful balls

A rainbow of colored playdough.

When the children were through playing, we put all of the balls of each color into separate zip-lock bags. I am not sure how long this playdough will last--but I plan to get it out a couple of times a week. The next time they play with it, I plan to give them cookie cutters.


  1. This looks fun! I just might have to try it!

  2. The ONLY reason we are not behind with our Core is because I've trimmed out the fat :). I guess you could say we're doing Sonlight-light this year. Remember all that work on the instructor's guide at the beginning of the year? I haven't glanced at it in forever. I don't think I've looked at it since I had Calvin. I'm so compulsive that I knew getting behind would bother me. I basically dropped the spine for the year. Go figure. You'd think that's the one part I couldn't drop, but I'm just sort of filling them in on the big picture. We love the read-alouds and the readers. We dropped the timeline, which I was terrible about last year, too. BUT... we'll be done in a few weeks. And I'm already looking for a good Chinese language curriculum for us to get started with this summer. I'm so excited to start planning next year.

    I'll be thinking of you on Saturday. I bet 85 is hot where you live. I've finally started running again. Now if I can just keep my kids healthy since I run when the older ones are swimming and the younger ones are in the nursery. I need to find a race to train for. I haven't run a 5k in 4 or 5 years! I don't even want to think about what my time would be, but I know I just need to do it for the accountability, I mean fun of it : ). Drink lots and I can't wait to see how it turns out.


  3. Thank you for this recipe! I am going to try this next week. My kids will LOVE it!