Kool-Aid Play Dough

As we are continuing to learn about our 5 senses at preschool, I thought some play dough that appealed to our sense of smell and sense of sight was in order.

Kool-Aid play dough was a perfect fit! Our students loved the vivid colors, and were so surprised when they gave it a sniff! 🙂

They have enjoyed guessing what the different doughs smelled like, too.

I ended up making several batches, using different Kool-Aid flavor packets, but each flavor comes together very quickly, so the total time was not too bad, and so worth it!

Lemonade, Grape, and Cherry!
Lemonade, Grape, and Cherry! (Not pictured- Orange and Lime)


1 Cup flour

1/2 Cup salt

1 tsp cream of tartar

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 Cup water

1 packet of Kool-Aid mix (I used the smallest- .13oz, and it had plenty of color and scent, except Lemonade- see note!)


Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, thoroughly blending. Place water and oil in a saucepan and whisk to blend. Pour dry ingredients in the saucepan and stir. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until dough starts to form a ball around the spoon. Remove from saucepan and let cool on counter. When cool to the touch, knead for a few minutes. Enjoy and then store in a zip lock bag when done!

*Note- the Lemonade flavor, while producing a really nice scent, did not turn the play dough yellow. The picture above was with a tsp. of yellow food coloring added. All the other flavors had a great color and  I did not have to add any food coloring.


Play Ideas:

We printed out a simple Rainbow Play Dough Mat, added some play dough scissors, rolling pins, and heart-shaped cookie cutters (as Valentine’s Day is coming soon!), and yummy-scented play dough fun, was had by all!


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