My kids love Play Dough especially with a scent. We recently made Peppermint Play Dough and had a blast with it. If you have never tried a scented Play Dough before, you must try this recipe. It is easy to make, kid-friendly, and smells so good. You will notice that making homemade Play Dough is different from store-bought Play Dough. It is much softer and will last longer. It is also a great activity to do with the kids on a weekend, rainy day, or on a snow day.
1 cup of all-purpose flour
¼ cup of salt
1 ½ tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 cup boiling water
Green and red food coloring
4-5 drops of peppermint oil. You can also use a teaspoon of finely crushed mint leaves, or a few drops of toothpaste.
1. Bring your water to a boil.
2. Set the food coloring aside, and combine your remaining dry ingredients into a bowl. Mix well. Add in the boiling water and oil. Stir well.
3. Mix until a paste forms. If the paste is sticky to the touch, you can add in some basic flour a teaspoon at a time until firm.
4. Your peppermint scented play dough can now be colored. Begin by diving the dough into two halves. Add a few drops of green food coloring to one half of the dough, and a few drops of red to the other half. Continue kneading until the color is distributed in both halves. You can then press the two halves together and gently knead to create the multicolored swirl effect you see here.
This peppermint play dough can be stored in an air tight container or zip lock bag which will keep it soft and pliable. If you wish, you can add additional drops of scented oil as time goes on to freshen up the smell.