What kid doesn’t like playing with play dough? I know Little C does, and that’s why I wanted to make play dough with our favorite holiday scents. We have been seeing plenty of gingerbread scented play dough, but when I think of the holidays, I don’t just think of gingerbread men, I also think of pies! That’s why today’s Try It Tuesday article is going to be a step by step tutorial on how to make our fun holiday scented play dough. The five scents we made are pumpkin spice, sugar cookie, apple pie, lemon, and cinnamon. The best part about this play dough is that it’s no cook play dough. The only thing you need a stove for is boiling the water!
- Flour (2 cups per batch )
- Salt (1/2 cups per batch)
- Cream of tarter (2 TBS per batch)
- Canola Oil (3 TBS)
- Food Coloring (red, orange, brown, yellow)
- Ground Cinnamon (2 TBS)
- Clear vanilla extract (1 TBS)
- Pumpkin pie spice (1 TBS)
- Apple pie spice (1 TBS)
- Lemon extract (1 TBS)
- Boiling water (1 cup per batch)
- Get your ingredients ready. When we are making multiple batches of play dough, I like to measure out the dry ingredients in separate small bowls, so they will be ready, and I don’t have to measure them out in between batches.
- Set a pot of water on the stove to boil. You need one cup of water per batch of play dough you make, so if you make five batches you would want about six cups of water in your pot just to make sure you have enough. Let your water come to a boil, and then you can set it on simmer in between batches to keep it hot. If it stops steaming, then you know you need to turn the stove back on and let it come to a boil again.
- Combine your salt, cream of tartar, canola oil, and flour. I like to mix my salt, cream of tartar, and oil together before adding the flour a little at a time. For apple pie play dough add 1 TBS of apple pie spice, for pumpkin spice play dough add 1 TBS of pumpkin pie spice, and for cinnamon play dough add 2 TBS of ground cinnamon.
- Measure out one cup of boiling water and add your food coloring. You want to add a generous amount of food coloring. Since my food coloring bottles are small, I ended up using a whole bottle of food coloring in each batch. If your scent is a liquid extract, then you will also want to add your extract to your water at the same time you add your color. This is when you would add your lemon or clear vanilla extract.
- Stir your water into your dry mix a little at a time.
- When your dough thickens up enough that it is hard to stir, set your spoon aside and knead your dough with your hands until all the stickiness is gone. Here are pictures of what our dough looked like after kneading.
- Repeat steps 3-6 with each new batch of play dough you make. Since I wanted to make pies, we ended up making five batches. White uncolored play dough with vanilla extract for pie crust and sugar cookies, orange with pumpkin spice for pumpkins and pumpkin pie, red with apple pie spice to make apples and apple pie, yellow with lemon extract for lemon pie, and brown with cinnamon to use with all different cookie cutters to resemble cinnamon ornaments.
- Have fun playing with your play dough! We used cupcake pans, to make mini pies, and various holiday cookie cutters to make holiday-themed cutouts.
How fun does this play dough look? Too bad you can’t smell it because it smells good enough to eat. The white play dough smells like a batch of sugar cookie dough or a huge fluffy marshmallow. Little C could hardly stop sniffing the dough for two seconds, and even I couldn’t resist. The dough is taste safe, but after scratching my lip while playing, I can assure you it tastes just like the bitter Play-Doh of my childhood! The best part about this play dough is that it stays fresh in an airtight container for months. The last batch of play dough I made was still soft four months later! Though by that time you will be dying to create more. It’s so much fun to mix up a few batches of your own play dough, and then see what you can create. Don’t forget to pin this idea for later so you can have fun creating your own play dough, and be sure to check back next week to see what we try next.