All kids LOVE “Play-Doh”! However, I think it is stinky, nothing against the company. But the smell on my hands after playing with it is just nauseating. That may be from a “pregnancy smell”. (all mommies out there are now having flashbacks to the smells that just made us feel sick while pregnant…lol). I found a way to make play-dough that smells great and doesn’t stain the hands.

It’s called “Play-Duh” because that’s how my little girl says it!!!


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4-1/2 cup flour set aside in separate bowl
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 packages Kool-aid unsweetened/same flavor (or similar product)
  • 3 TBS oil (I prefer coconut oil)


  • 2 mixing medium mixing bowls
  • Spoon to mix
  • Kettle/Pan to boil water


  1. Boil water.
  2. While water is boiling, mix dry ingredients together in 1 mixing bowl. Place 1/4 cup flour in extra bowl, set aside.
  3. Add your oil to the center of the dry ingredients then pour boiling water over the oil and flour.
  4. Mix together with a spoon until a ball forms. You may have to use your hands to knead it. It may be sticky. IT WILL BE WARM-HOT! I’m always cooking and doing crafts with my hands so they are used to the heat.
  5. If your play-dough is sticky use the flour in the extra bowl to lightly coat the play-dough. Then knead it until all the flour is no longer visible. Knead a little longer. Keep repeating the coat/knead process until the consistency is to your liking.
  6. Store in air tight container or in freezer/sandwich bags.
  7. You will yield enough dough from this recipe for 5-6 children!

I write my recipes according to how I do something after I’ve done it. If you have a KitchenAid Mixer or similar “built tough as nails” mixer, you can use it until a ball starts to form. However, you made need extra flour to add to the mix to get it just right. When I used my mixer I ended up with 3 cups flour plus the flour for kneading. I used a bowl to knead it instead of my table because I sat in a chair while watching Army Wives to relax. LOL!

This kept my kids busy for hours with children’s play fork, knives, cookie cutters, and a rolling pin!