Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Smell Dough! YUM!

I used to teach preschool so I've got lots of art supply recipes around.  One of our favorites to make was play dough.  It's quick (5 minutes), it's easy, chances are you have everything on hand and the possibilities are endless. 

Add spices or extracts (like I did with these), add glitter, make it edible, any color you can imagine. 

The recipe is easy. 
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar (I suggest Wal Mart.  It was $2.  Kroger it was $4)
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon oil

Any additives you would like.

Mix it in a pot.  Turn the stove on medium.  Stir constantly!  It will start to pull away from the sides, get a few lumps.  Turn into dough.  You'll see.  Pull it out.  Put it in a bowl with a little flour.  Knead for a minute.  There you go. 

I had some little containers - I need to order more -
Each batch of dough made 4 small containers. 

I made: Gingerbread (adding cinnamon, cloves, ginger)
Peppermint (adding peppermint extract)
Cherry (adding cherry extract and red food coloring)

The grocery store has lots of extracts you can add.  Banana, raspberry, lime, rum (although you probably shouldn't make rum scented play dough....).  You can also add cocoa powder for chocolate scented.  Or pumpkin pie spice.  Or make apple pie dough with cinnamon, cloves and all spice. 

Sorry for the crappy pictures (and lack there of...) this goes together super quick.  I'm off to the store to pick up some sticker paper so I'll take a picture of the package all wrapped up soon!


  1. Awesome idea! Can't wait to make this with my little ones :)!

  2. Um...Do you read minds? My little guy was eating the play-dough in the nursery at church last week. I'm not even kidding. This is perfect!

  3. Well I would def. say make peanut butter play dough. He might take a bite of one of the ones I made the other day ... but he wouldn't take a bite again! :) All edible but not to tasty! lol

  4. Amamda, do you ever bake or air dry this dough. If so does it crack or get bubbly? I used a different recipe for my special needs students and when I baked the thick creations they bubbled over and I had to improvise to fix them. Do they still smell good when they are dry?

  5. I've never let the dough dry out. We always store ours in containers. Sorry! It would be worth trying out though since it doesn't cost much and is so quick. My son has Autism and he really likes the smells of the different play doughs. He likes for me to make them and he likes to guess what flavors.


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