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Scratch and Sniff Kool Aid Paint Recipe

Updated on December 30, 2011

Looking for a fun project for your kids? Keeping kids occupied with crafts allows them to express their creative side. It also keeps the kids from driving you crazy with the redundant and constant “I’m Bored” chant. Half the fun of scratch and sniff paints are making them and the other half comes with using the paints. Scratch and sniff paints are non-toxic making them appropriate for use by any age group. The kids can use their fingers, cotton swabs or paintbrushes to display their inner artist.

You and the kids put on some old play clothes that you don’t care if they become stained.

Choose a few flavors of unsweetened Kool-Aid. Grape for purple paint, Cherry for Red paint, Lemon for Yellow Paint and so on.

Pour 3 tablespoons of the Kool Aid powder into a small glass or plastic lidded container. Add 2 tablespoons of very warm water.

Stir the paint with a popsicle stick or plastic spoon to blend the Kool Aid and water.

Dip a paintbrush into the mixture and test the consistency on a sheet of paper. If the apint is too thin and watery add more Kool Aid and stir until you reach your desired consistency. If the paint seems too thick and pasty, add ¼ teaspoon of water at a time while stirring until you thin it out to an appropriate consistency. You may want the paint to be thicker if you have a child that will be finger painting.

Mix each paint color in a separate jar or container.

Let your kids get creative and paint pictures with their brushes, cotton swabs or little fingers.

Let the paint dry for 30 to 45 minutes.

Scratch the painted surface and sniff – ahh grape, cherry lemon, orange!

Kool Aid will stain clothing and skin.

Place a thick layer of newspaper under the paper the children will be painting on to keep the Kool Aid from staining the wood.

Remove the tablecloth from the table.

Lay a large plastic sheet under the table to keep the paint off the floors and carpets.

Store your scratch and sniff paint for one to two weeks with the lid tightly in place.


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    • penofone profile image

      Anish Patel 6 years ago

      I have seen lots of kids using this york-peppermint pattie type of recipe, look a little deeper to make your colors work, never seen a mask-type of paint color.

    • KathyH profile image

      KathyH 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very cool! ;) Some GREAT ideas here, and I love that you don't have to worry about them eating it, too. Voted up and useful! :)

    • Escapes profile image

      Escapes 6 years ago

      I love the fact that I never had to worry about one of the kids eating the paint.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Love the "You and the kids put on some old play clothes..." line. :) What a great outdoor summer activity!