Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Activities for Halloween, Fall Crafts and Activities, Gift Ideas, Halloween, Playdough | 1 comment

M and I made these cute Kool-Aid Play Dough Monsters, as gifts for his friends at preschool, to help celebrate him turning 4! Usually his teachers advise against bringing in treats (due to allergies, etc.) so I thought it would be fun to mix up some Kool-Aid Play Dough for each of his classmates, and package them up as silly monsters.

Kool-Aid Play Dough

M and I used this Kool-Aid Play Dough recipe from Hey Lauren Rene. The kool-Aid makes the play dough smell terrific (adding an extra sensory element) and it also produces rich, vibrant colours!


Kool-Aid Play Dough

2 packets Kool-Aid
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup boiling water

M mixed all of the ingredients together with a spoon until it was cool enough to knead together with his hands.

Kool-Aid Play Dough 1  Kool-Aid Play Dough 2

We made 2 batches each of orange, grape, and fruit punch play dough (1 batch yielded 4 balls of play dough).

Kool-Aid Play Dough: Monster Gifts

We wanted to be somewhat creative in how we packaged our kool-aid play dough. Being that M’s birthday is in the month of October, I thought it might be fun (and easy) to make each of the play dough balls into goofy monsters.


  • Cling Wrap
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes (I found some cute multicoloured ones at Michael’s)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Monster Labels
  • Glue Dots (one of my new fav discoveries for crafting!)

I wrapped each ball of Kool-Aid play dough in cling wrap, and tied them closed with a pipe cleaner (I snipped any excess cling wrap off with a scissor). Next, I gave M some googly eyes and showed him how to use the Glue Dots to adhere the eyes where he wanted them.

Play Dough Monsters 1

I was going to leave the monsters with just googly eyes, but decided to draw on some mouths with a Sharpie to make them a bit more quirky.

Play Dough Monsters 7  Play Dough Monsters 6

  Play Dough Monsters 2  Play Dough Monsters 3

The last thing we did was customize the monster label template (found here), and print them onto cardstock paper. We punched a hole through the top of each tag and slipped  them through one of the pipe cleaner ends.

Play Dough Monsters 9  Play Dough Monsters 11

I think they turned out pretty cute, and it was a fun way to spend part of the afternoon with my oldest bug :).

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