DIY Playdough

I think every kid loves playdough and mine are no exception. I recently pinned a bunch of playdough recipes on one of my boards but as luck would have it I actually found one of my own recipes in my old recipe box… it also happened to be the last recipe in the box.

Don’t worry though because I’ve got recipes stashed everywhere in this little house and I have some packed away in the shed so I’ll get them posted… hopefully faster than it took me to get through the recipe box though!

I have also seen some new recipes that are using essential oils which would smell so good. You could probably use this recipe and omit the Kool-aid pack. You could also color them with some natural dyes if you desired too.

DIY Playdough

DIY Playdough


  • 1/2 c. salt
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 T. oil or baby oil
  • 1 T. alum or cream of tartar (optional)
  • 1-2 Kool-aid pack(s) more Kool-aid = more vibrant color
  • 2 c. flour


Heat in the microwave for about a minute and a half or so until hot, just in case anyone decides to eat the playdough. Stir every 15 seconds or so to keep it from burning.

Boil the salt, oil, and water in a saucepan until the salt dissolves.

Mix the Kool-aid, flour, and alum together.

Remove from heat and add the Kool-aid mixture and stir until it forms a ball.

Knead until smooth and play away.

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate when not in use.


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