Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sweet Smelling Play Dough

It's a great idea to have play dough stored in the fridge for whenever you need it. I like to use play dough for keeping Miss H (18mths) occupied at the kitchen bench while I cook the dinner.

What kind of play dough do you have at your house now? Green, pink, blue, yellow? What if I told you that you could give it a new interesting scent? You can have your play dough smelling like all kinds of different flavours to go along with the great colours and texture.

Scented Play Dough

You will need....

  • Play dough - follow directions on the side of the Bi-carbonate of Soda container to make some (found in the Supermarket).
  • Essential oil - with the scent of your choice for older children OR
  • Baking essence - for those likely to eat the dough

Add the smallest drop of oil to your batch of play dough. Remember that you are using oil so too much will make the dough oily and it won't be usable any more. You may also need to consider kids with allergies (and pregnant mummies) if you are making it for a playgroup, kindy or mums group.

Be as creative as you like with your dough! Lavender scented play dough would be great in a lilac/ purple colour or strawberry play dough in a pink. Rose could be red or pink and my favourite, vanilla could simply be plain. Have fun with this and let me know what colour and flavour you created.

Our light blue play dough has a vanilla scent and I'm sorry you're not here to smell how great it is but you can certainly make your own fantastic smelling play dough. Have I inspired you to give it a go?!


Aspiring Mum said...

It's a shame we can't scratch 'n sniff the screen! I've always wanted to try adding a scent to my playdough, but I've only ever had eucalyptus or tea tree oil at home - which I don't think would be the best thing for kids to play with!

Busy Brissy Mum said...

What about vanilla essence from your kitchen pantry? It should work.

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

We currently have a lime green colour. Cooking essences are a great safe alternative for children who still 'eat' their playdough

Busy Brissy Mum said...

True Christie. I should go back and put that in the post. Lime green is cool. Would go nicely with a lime scent.

Bubby Makes Three said...

does your 18 month old EAT it though? My 16 month old certainly would! She is hopeless... eats crayons; chalk... maybe I should try playdough next!

Busy Brissy Mum said...

@ Bubby Makes Three - yes Miss H eats play dough so I have to keep a careful eye on her when we play with it. She now copies the way we pretend to eat it too, making the eating noises as well. It's a great tactile activity for this age so yes, I'd give it a go.

The plain play dough recipe is completely safe, it's more about the amount they stick in their mouths at one time.


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