DIY Scented Play Dough

DIY Scented Play Dough

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.

DIY Scented Play Dough

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?



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