Vibrant Colored Playdough Recipe

This cooked play dough recipe makes a soft, pliable dough that kids, and Moms, can’t keep stop playing with.  The addition of Kool-Aid adds vibrant color, (richer than you’ll get with food coloring) and a yummy scent.  Cooked playdough lasts longer than the traditional uncooked method. Plus, adding a drop of Lavender Oil to the mix helps preserve the play dough, and of course,  makes it smell AWESOME!

Note: Add texture to your play dough by kneading in glitter, confetti, lentils, rice or whatever cool stuff is in season.

I have two versions here: the large batch, and the average-sized bath.

First, the large batch Play dough version:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 packages of Kool Aid
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3-4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Average-Sized Batch of Playdough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1-2 packages of Kool-Aid
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil


  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a saucepan.
  2. Mix oil and water together and add to saucepan.
  3. Cook on low, stirring, until the dough thickens to mashed potato consistency.
  4. Let dough cool.
  5. Add Lavender Oil drops.
  6. When cool enough to touch, begin kneading the dough to work in all the ingredients.  The kids love to do this part. Warm play dough is very relaxing for kids.

Store play dough in an air-tight container in a cool place, like the refrigerator. This should last about three months.

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