Sunday, November 15, 2009

Scented Play Dough Tutorial

Play dough was one of my favorite things to play with when I was a little girl and I love making it for my children now. I love how home made dough feels. It is so smooth and has the right texture. I loved helping her make it over the stove and then helping her kneed in the color when it was done. I loved the feel of warm fresh play dough. It was so wonderfully soothing.
As a little kid, I had to attend many meetings and some night classes with my mom. She would pack a baggy of play dough and I knew that I was in for a treat for hours. I loved making sculptures and had all kinds of stories running in my head as I sat on the floor next to her or at the back of the room with a chair seat as the stage for my pretend play.

Well here is the recipe I use now for my kids. I switched over to scented dough several years ago. The one thing I hate about play dough is what it smelled like after a couple of kids had played with it. Now the dough has a nice fruity scent.
I bet you could also use essential oils and have herbal scented play dough. I might have to try that with lavender. Hmmmm.... Any way this is the recipe that always works for me.

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Scented Play Dough
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 pkg fruit flavored drink mix (without the sugar)
1 Tbsp Alum
3 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup flour
2 cups boiling water


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Add flour, salt, flavoring, alum, and oil into a large mixing bowl.

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Add the boiling water ....

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.... and stir.
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Add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour if needed ....

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..... and kneed by hand .....
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..... until smooth, soft and definitely not sticky.
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Now Play!


Deb said...

I haven't made this in years! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I used to sprinkle a little glitter in the dough for my daughter. :o)

Marylois said...

I've never thought of adding koolaid to the play dough. I'll have to try that when my grandkids come for a visit. Just a note, I tried making this without the alum once because I was all out. It didn't turn out any good at all and I had to throw away the whole batch.

Kristi said...

how fun!!

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