Ever notice that when you play with your kids’ play dough your hands feel dry and kind of gross afterwards? Well that’s all of the salt in them. I can’t stand the feeling of it. Makes me think of nails on a chalk board; and now I have that sound in my head and chills down my spine. Bleh.
I was talking with my mother-in-law about Audrey getting scented play dough for her birthday from my Aunt. She told me that she used to make it with Jake when he was little in co-op. She dug the recipe out and told me it was quite easy to make. And I’ll tell you, it truly is easy to make. Audrey had a blast getting into it. You do need to make sure that you keep it in air tight containers. I like to wrap it in plastic and then seal it in a container. Also, keeping it in a dark and cool area will keep it longer.
You will need:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 teaspoons alum OR cream of tartar
1 1/2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 cup of water with dissolved food color
You can choose an essential oil or a flavoring mix. Both will only need a few drops to achieve the desired scent. Add it gradually.
Mix the dry ingredients. Stir in the oil and water. If you want, you can add a few drops of flavoring to match the color of the play dough, e.g. mint for green, cherry or strawberry for red. Cook over medium heat*, stirring constantly until the mixture is very hard to stir. Remove from heat, scrape onto wax or parchment paper on your counter and knead for a minute then let it cool.
*Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it microwavable. It didn’t heat it through evenly and was more of a pain.
What will you imagine up when you and your child play with it?