How to Make Edible Homemade Play Dough Recipe with Koolaid- Rainbow Colors

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There are SO MANY homemade play dough recipes out there! Remember that Pinterest Fail turned awesome ooey gooey Homemade Slime Recipe we discovered?

That same weekend I also made tons of batches of homemade play dough searching for a non toxic edible recipe that was toddler friendly and this is the one we settled on!

(And just for the record, if you have a cat that likes to eat weird things I recommend storing this inside of a plastic sealed container instead of a Ziploc bag – our cat attacked ours!!)

colorful homemade play dough recipe

You can buy Play-Doh pretty inexpensively, but sometimes you want a quick toddler friendly version that’s cheaper.

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DIY Edible Homemade Play Dough Recipe:

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 Tbsp. Canola oil
1/8 cup Salt
1/4 cup boiling water
1 pack Kool-aid

Mix all ingredients together well. Add flour if sticky. Make sure it is COOLED off completely before handing it to the child!

six colors of homemade play dough

I wanted to make rainbow colored play dough for the kids to enjoy with St. Patrick’s Day activities and then to go along with science prism lessons (and of course summer rainy season fun!) so I opted for using Koolaid packets instead of food dye. (except the light BLUE color you see above was achieved by adding 2 drops of food dye since the “blue” Koolaid I purchased actually ended up being red!).

Play around with the colors and have some fun! I tried both Grape and Purplesaurus colors for the purple play dough and they both turned out roughly the same color. The same for the Cherry and Tropical Punch flavors for the red color.

bowl of four colors of homemade play dough

I know our local daycare/preschool is HUGE into sensory play so if you have extra consider giving your local daycare a call and asking if they want some extra homemade play dough!

Add a few rolls of your play dough into a container with some plastic animals, dinosaurs, trucks, or other items to encourage more fun!

We love the Safari Ltd. TOOBs because you can center your sensory play around specific educational themes and they are high quality.

four balls of homemade play dough

Do you have a “go-to” homemade play dough recipe that you use? I’d love for you to share it with us in the comments!

I love this recipe because it’s so smooth and soft and smells seriously amazing! This recipe absolutely offers a strong smell for sensory play since you are using Kool-aid!

And for those of you interested I took a photo below of the specific flavors of Kool-aid that I bought and made so you can buy the same exact ones if you want them!

Extra Tips & Obvious Disclaimer:

7 packets of kool-aid

Obvious Disclaimer – this homemade play dough recipe is NOT meant for your child to eat or snack on!!! It is simply made with regular household kitchen ingredients and will not harm a curious toddler who goes in for a lick! I have NOT had any issues with hands being stained – make sure you have very very thoroughly mixed in the Kool-aid so there are no pockets of colors left unmixed!

Check out our Edible Snow play sensory recipe and our easy DIY Kinetic Sand Recipe for some more fun with your kids!

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  1. Danielle Thomas says:

    This is great….but what has to be cooled off? Are you cooking it or just mixing it?

  2. Will it stain the child’s hands when they play with it?

    1. Brittany we’ve not had any issues with it staining our kiddos hands! Just make sure everything is very well blended so there are no pockets of Koolaid that haven’t been mixed in!

  3. Does it have to be canola oil? Can it be olive oil or vegetable oil?

  4. Do you thing just regular food coloring would work ?

  5. It was so easy to make and just the right amount for a 2 yr. old to handle! He’s been playing with it for an hour! My daughter had cut up an old shower curtain into rectangles to cover her students desks during play dough time. Somehow I ended up with one. Blessed!

  6. How long does the play dough last? Should it be stored in the refridgerator?

    1. I threw ours out after a couple months just because my toddler messed a lot of it up but I’d refresh every couple months. I didn’t store it in the fridge although that wouldn’t hurt! I just had it in an airtight tupperware container stacked up in my kitchen.

    2. Hey there this recipe seems awesome I wanna try it for my son. But I am curious how long it last

  7. Does it leave any oily residue on your hands or fabrics? Thanks! Looking forward to making them!

  8. Does it leave an oily residue on your hands or fabric? Thanks!

  9. Wendi Hughes says:

    Does it smell like cherry, orange, and green apple?

  10. Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy says:

    How much fun is this?! I love how bright the koolaid makes it!

  11. Could you add the kool aid to the water for easier mixing?

  12. Tiffany Benton says:

    We are hosting a play dough making party where will will make 100 individual containers of play dough. Any chance this recipe can be doubled, tripled etc. and still come out as great? This is for an adoption fundraiser. Thanks!

    1. Hey Tiffany! What an AWESOME idea! I have never made such a large batch but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. The trickiest part I would think it just making sure that it’s mixed thoroughly in such large batches! Double and triple recipes should be just fine!

  13. Sabra Casey says:

    Thank you for the article! I can’t wait to try this!

  14. Hello! Thank you for this amazing recipe! I’m wondering if I could use it to make holiday ornaments? Will I need to bake the creations or will they air dry?

  15. Shelby Gruden says:

    My kids need this so much!!! Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing. Be sure to check out my blog for more ideas and inspo! Let me know what you think!

  16. Ashleigh Cooper says:

    This is great and I’m totally going to have to make some for my toddler. Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. Kinga Boros says:

    Hi Crystal! Thank you so much for this recipe! I need to try it out ASAP for my toddler. For sure he’ll love it. BTW I linked this article to one of my soon-to-be-published articles. I hope that’s alright.

  18. This was the worst playdoh recipe I’ve tried. I had a favorite one but cannot find it so I tried this one. My daughter’s teacher needs playdoh for class tomorrow. Now I’m out a batch of ingredients. The salt stayed too rough and it did not get smooth. Will have to look harder for the recipe with cream of tartar that cooks on the stove.
    I guess it must work for others but I cannot risk another batch.

  19. If I could only find a good Gluten Free recipe! We have celiac!

    1. Tammy Karnik says:

      try using baby rice cereal instead of the flour!

  20. Can it be made without the salt?

  21. Hi, can I use cornstarch instead of flour ?

  22. Would vegetable oil work instead of canola oil?

  23. Sharon Goldsworthy says:

    I made 5 batches of this for my grandchildren and they loved it. I made it last week and they came over this morning and immediately went to get the play dough. Every batch was moldy. I had put them in separate Ziploc bags. Why did this happen? I want to make more but I can’t if it is just going to mold.

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