A vibrant colored, fun play dough that your children can enjoy making, playing with, and eating! The soft drink mix gives it color and flavor!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the water to a boil in a sauce pan; remove from heat and set aside.

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  • Whisk together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and soft drink mix in a large bowl; stir the vegetable oil into the flour mixture using a spoon, not a whisk. Pour the hot water into the bowl and continue stirring. When the dough is cool enough to handle, turn it onto a lightly-floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Store unused portions in refrigerator.

Cook's Note

You may want to wear rubber gloves while kneading.

Nutrition Facts

127 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 20.3g 7% DV; fat 3.7g 6% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 12.1mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2011
FOLLOW RECIPE EXACTLY FOR TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS. I listened to the reviewers who added more flour to get the "right" consistency. If you add much more flour you'll have tough modeling clay. You want something really pliable and soft for little fingers. This recipe leaves you with the perfect consistency dough. Your child can build shapes and mold but very easily. I used three cups of flour and had to add about a tablespoon and a half more oil and about 1/4 cup more water to get it where I wanted it (probably back at the original recipe's result). Be sure to stick this in the freezer for a few minutes while you clean up from making it since it's far too hot for little ones to play with right away due to the boiling water you added. One reviewer mentioned she used food coloring. OMG!! I think that would stain clothes and fingers! Don't do that! The idea behind the coolaid is that it gives you the color and a nice scent without the stain factor of food coloring. Besides, food coloring is way more expensive. I was able to get 10 packets of coolaid from my local discount store for a buck -- and I had a 50 cent off coupon for ten packs (so I paid 50 cents). Oh - and when this recipe says "edible" she means this isn't the name brand stuff made in China with whatever they use. You know that if your kid eats this homemade stuff, you don't have to worry. This is not a replacement for your kid's afternoon snack!! Sheesh... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/30/2009
This was super easy to make and the kids had fun making it and playing with it, but if edible means that you won't die by eating a little bit then sure, edible... but EW - this stuff is definately not meant to be eaten!! I'm pretty sure store bought play dough tastes better than this stuff! Great recipe for fun but the word "edible" threw me off quite a bit. Read More
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71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2011
FOLLOW RECIPE EXACTLY FOR TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS. I listened to the reviewers who added more flour to get the "right" consistency. If you add much more flour you'll have tough modeling clay. You want something really pliable and soft for little fingers. This recipe leaves you with the perfect consistency dough. Your child can build shapes and mold but very easily. I used three cups of flour and had to add about a tablespoon and a half more oil and about 1/4 cup more water to get it where I wanted it (probably back at the original recipe's result). Be sure to stick this in the freezer for a few minutes while you clean up from making it since it's far too hot for little ones to play with right away due to the boiling water you added. One reviewer mentioned she used food coloring. OMG!! I think that would stain clothes and fingers! Don't do that! The idea behind the coolaid is that it gives you the color and a nice scent without the stain factor of food coloring. Besides, food coloring is way more expensive. I was able to get 10 packets of coolaid from my local discount store for a buck -- and I had a 50 cent off coupon for ten packs (so I paid 50 cents). Oh - and when this recipe says "edible" she means this isn't the name brand stuff made in China with whatever they use. You know that if your kid eats this homemade stuff, you don't have to worry. This is not a replacement for your kid's afternoon snack!! Sheesh... Read More
(54)
Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2009
This was super easy to make and the kids had fun making it and playing with it, but if edible means that you won't die by eating a little bit then sure, edible... but EW - this stuff is definately not meant to be eaten!! I'm pretty sure store bought play dough tastes better than this stuff! Great recipe for fun but the word "edible" threw me off quite a bit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2012
I followed this recipe exact--I made no substitutions. I made this play-doh with my two boys and we had a blast playing with it after it was "ready". The kids and I loved how it smelled and we spent most of our morning making all kinds of fun things with the play-doh. SO fun. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2011
I had to add lots of extra flour to make it the right texture, but it turned out to be the nicest, soft playdough! I omitted the kool-aid and then split a half batch into 4 balls and made different colors with food coloring. I'd say a half batch made the equivalent of 4 store bought playdough containers, so a full batch would make 8 containers....lots of playdough! Excellent recipe and we'll be making this lots. Make sure to mix the oil in really well before adding the water...i used my fingers to crumble it and it turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/24/2009
this recipe works only if you add at least 1 extra cup of flour to get it to the right consistency! then it is perfect play dough! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2011
We halved the recipe and ended up with about a softball size amount of play dough. Followed the recipe with the exception of the flavored drink packets. All we had was gel food coloring and only did red which turned it a pretty pink shade. This provided a good hour of fun for my kid. Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2010
I followed directions exactly and it is PERFECT. It reminds me of the old "silly putty". Of course you won't encourage children to eat it but if they get curious it won't hurt them. Made this for a church craft and can't wait to do it with the grandkids. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2011
Edible-no...but this recipe makes for a great play dough! And the tropical punch flavor makes the entire house smell wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2010
I made a full batch of this play dough but I didnt have kool aid packets so I made it without then kneaded in food coloring until the shade was right. I split the ball of dough and made one blue and the other purple. I too kneaded in some extra flour until the consistancy was that of regular play dough. I pulled off a piece in order to tell. My 2 year old is just starting to explore play dough and this is a really nice recipe to do it with. Read More
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