Homemade Play Time

I admit that I am pooped on the weekends from work, care taking, house chores, and the busy school week. However, I tend to be rather creative when tired, and it pulls me into a positive mindset. I get a chance to have some flow. Playtime activities and creating with my hands helps me achieve this almost euphoric state of satisfaction.

It is time to make some colored play dough, all with food grade ingredients and it actually works well,too! In other words, the kids approve!

Made at home play dough 2014

Hubs made the most recent batches with a recipe from the Columbia Falls Library years ago:

2 1/2 cups flour

Ingredients to make the dough.
Ingredients to make the dough.

1/2 cup salt

2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid-any flavor

2 cups boiling water

3 tablespoons vegetable oil


Mix salt, flour, and Kool-Aid packets. Use the small packets of Kool Aid and one color per batch.

Next, add the boiling water- you can see the color form.

Boiling water to dry ingredients

Stir until blended.


Add the vegetable oil.

Stir, then let cool before kneading it for consistency in color and texture.

Store in zip bags for several months. Here are cut outs Peanut made with cookie cutters and a rolling pin.


This is a great indoor activity, gets the kiddos making something from scratch and watching it take shape. The dough smells good, too, as it smells like the Kool-Aid packets!