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Kool-Aid Day is August 18, 2023!


Let's celebrate Kool-Aid Day!


Were you a Kool-Aid fan? Maybe you still are? While I wouldn't recommend drinking buckets of Kool-Aid, it's a fun once-in-awhile drink and it brings back nostalgia for many of us. There was always a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid in my fridge when I was a kid. Celebrate this holiday by making your own pitcher or perhaps pick from one of the fun activities below. Share by hosting a neighborhood Kool-Aid stand! What's your favorite flavor?


Kool-Aid Fun-Facts

  • Edward Perkins was inspired by Jell-O to invent Kool-Aid.

  • Edward Perkins reduced the price of Kool-Aid from 10 cents to just 5 cents a pack when the Great Depression started, due to demand to help families.

  • There is an invisible Kool-Aid! When you mix it with water it is clear.

  • You can dye your hair with Kool-Aid.

  • The Kool-Aid man had his own comic book series and appeared in two video games.

  • The "Koolickles," or Kool-Aid pickles, are extremely well-liked in the South. Previously only seen at gas stations, a fruit punch-flavored variety called "Tropickles" can now be purchased at Walmart.


Kool-Aid Treats!


Kool-Aid Yogurt Pops

Ingredients:

Yogurt, plain or vanilla

 Kool-Aid liquid drink mix


Instructions:

Yogurt should be mixed with one squirt of concentrated Kool-Aid drink mix.

freeze it for four to six hours using traditional popsicle molds.


Kool-Aid Tasting Station: Set up a table with mini Dixie cups full of different flavors of Kool-Aid in numbered sections. Have guests write down their guesses by numbering them and give a prize for who gets the most right. This is better if you throw some of the harder flavors in such as Berry-Cherry, Sharkle Berry Fin, Peach Mango, etc.


Kool-Aid Popcorn:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Sugar

  • 1 cup Light Corn Syrup

  • ⅔ cups Butter Or Margarine

  • 6 quarts Plain Popped Popcorn

  • 2 packages Kool-Aid (Any Flavor You Want)

  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 225 F.

  • Bring syrup, sugar, and butter/margarine to a boil for 3 minutes.

  • Spread popped popcorn on a large shallow ungreased baking dish

  • In another bowl, combine the Kool-Aid and baking soda.

  • Remove sugar syrup from the stove and carefully stir in the Kool-Aid mixture. (Note: This will make the sugar mixture puff up. Be careful to not get burned.)

  • Now take sugar mixture and pour it over the popped popcorn. Carefully mix all till combined.

  • Place it in the oven and stir every 10 minutes. Repeat this 3 more times.

  • Take popcorn out of the oven

  • When cool, break apart into pieces



Kool-Aid Slushies

Ingredients

  • 1 Kool-Aid packet

  • ½ cup of sugar

  • 2 cups cold water

  • 4 cups of ice cubes

Instructions


Blend Kool-Aid, water, & sugar. Then blend in the ice until you have a slushie consistency. For fun variations add fruit or ice cream!



Activities


Kool-Aid Playdough

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl

  • Mix in 1/2 cup boiling water and 1 tbsp of oil.

  • Wait until it cools, then mix with your hands.

  • Once the dough starts to form, take it out of the bowl and give it a quick knead with clean, dry hands

  • If the dough is a little sticky, add a little flour


You will end up with Kool-Aid play dough that smells wonderful!


Kool-Aid colored noodles

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Put 2 cups of uncooked pasta into a zip-seal bag.

  • Use one bag for each color of pasta that you'd like to make

  • Set these aside for a moment.

  • Combine 1/8 cup of hot water and 1 package of Kool-aid. Stir the Kool-Aid until it dissolves.

  • Pour the Kool-aid mixture into a prepared bag of pasta.

  • For each color of Kool-Aid you're using, repeat this process.

  • Seal the bags firmly.

  • You can have kids help you shake the bags until the noodles are completely covered in color. 

  • Once the noodles are saturated, open the bags and let them sit to dry.

  • The noodles will be ready in around 4-6 hours.

Place the noodles in a sensory bin type of container and add play toys like measuring cups, bowls, and scoops. Or, use the noodles for different types of craft projects like sculptures, mosaics, or jewelry.


Kool-Aid Fingerpaint

Ingredients


2 envelopes unsweetened Kool-Aid

2 cups flour

3 cups boiling water

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

  • Make sure it has cooled to the touch

  • Begin finger-painting.




Play our Kool-Aid flavors word find below:















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