Homemade Play Dough Recipe

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Want to make homemade play dough? We have an easy recipe that takes just a few ingredients. We also have fun ideas for kids to enjoy a gadget free day.

It’s an exciting time to be a kid, isn’t it? You can have the best of both worlds, being on their gadgets and going outside to play. When it comes to my kids, though, I prefer them to be outside playing rather than on their electronics. There are days that my family goes completely gadget free and here’s how we do it!

  • Go Outside to Play- This may seem obvious, but it’s the perfect way to enjoy a gadget-free day. Going outside to play can release worries, stress, and promote freedom. Together you can visit a new park or playground in your area or take a walk and explore the neighborhood.
  • Play Hopscotch, Hula-Hoop or Jump Rope- A favorite game of mine when I was a kid was Hopscotch and now my kids love it too, especially when I play it with them.  An added bonus, these outdoor games can tucker them out.
  • Water Balloon Fight- If you live where it is really warm outside right now, let the kids get really tired with a fun water balloon fight in their bathing suits. Have towels and pajamas ready and maybe even skip their bath!
  • Blow Bubbles- If you’re really looking for something to do to help enjoy a gadget-free day, blow bubbles. You can pick up what you need at the dollar store and have a blast. You can’t be sad while blowing bubbles! 
  • Enjoy Homemade Play Dough- This is a favorite around here, but my family LOVES making homemade play dough! Check out my recipe for making this Homemade Play Dough at home. 

Here is my easy recipe for Homemade Play Dough: (not edible!)

This smells amazing. Your kitchen will smell like grapes or whatever flavor you choose when you make this. Mix and match Kool-Aid flavors, such as lemonade and strawberry.  Since it’s homemade, it’s a little stickier than the traditional store bought play dough, so you may need to add a bit more flour during the kneading process.

The Play Dough is really easy to make and you only need a few inexpensive ingredients.

how to make homemade Play Dough


  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 packages (4 g) unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix
  • 2 1/2 cups flour


Mix it all together as shown below!

Make Play Dough with Kool Aid


  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and Kool-Aid mix in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth and the color is well blended. The cream of tartar is very important. This is what will make the homemade Playdough last.
  4. Store in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

Look at how much fun your little one can have not being on a gadget!

recipe for home made Play Dough

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

Making homemade play dough is the best idea ever. It’s so much cheaper, and you can make your own fun colors. I’m thinking glitter!


What a great idea! Maybe I need to take some time to make some homemade playdough with my godkids, I’ll be they’d love that project start to finish!

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

My kids absolutely love playing with play-doh. I will have to try this with them. Thanks!


My daughter is really into cooking and making things. I bet she’d enjoy helping me make play dough for her brother.

Ashley Winters

Play dough is our go to activity for summer boredum. Whenever my kids get the wiggles and the jiggles, we get out some ingredients and make some play dough. Thanks for sharing this great recipe…and a great laundry detergent too.

Inspiring Kitchen

The girls and I love making playdough together. I’ve never tried adding cream of tartar. I want to try your recipe next time.

Ann Bacciaglia

I have some kids coming over this weekend. I will have to try making some play dough for them.


We have all the ingredients on hand – and a rainy forecast for Sunday. Guess what the kids will be doing while I’m doing laundry! #client

Diana Ajih

I miss the days when kids actually played outside with neighborhood kids and less on their electronic gadgets. I love the homemade play dough idea! I’ll have to try your recipe.

Travel Blogger

My kids are always and forever letting their playdoh dry out and it got to the point where I didnt even want to buy it anymore. But it’s such a great activity that I couldn’t stick with that threat. I like the idea of making it on my own so they wont run out.


How cool! Never thought you could create homemade play dough. My son’s going to be delighted about that.

Wildish Jess

How fun! I will have to make some of this for my little ones!

Life as a Convert

We love homemade play dough, but have never made it with Kool-Aid. Did it stain?


it washes off hands easily!

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