Today I would love to share with you how we make homemade scented play dough. What kid doesn’t love play dough? I can not think of a better way to kick off Try It Tuesday, then sharing our favorite discovery. What is Try It Tuesday you ask? It’s a place where Little C, and I share different ideas from all over the internet that we have tried, and love. Over the past two years, we have tried dozens of different kid centered ideas, and now I would like to share our experiences with my readers, so you can learn from all of our trials, and errors. I know a lot of adults would love to get creative with their kids, but are overwhelmed, and have no idea where to start. Try It Tuesday is my way of collecting as many fun ideas as possible, trying them out, and sharing them with my readers all in one place. I am on a mission to spread our creative passion far, and wide. I would love other kids to be able to catch the creative bug that puts such a big smile on my daughter’s face. Just look at that smile!
First up on the Try It Tuesday line up, is homemade play dough. I don’t know about you, but in my house, those little tubs of play dough just don’t cut it. There is never enough play dough to do anything, unless you get out several different tubs of play dough at once, and we all know what happens when you get out more than one color! I did not relish the idea of my daughter creating a big mash up of colors, and then requesting more play dough once all the play dough was the same gross color. Faced with a dilemma, I do what I always do. I scoured the internet for a homemade play dough recipe. I came across several recipes where you had to cook all the ingredients on the stove, but I was leery of my ability to do this without under, or over cooking the whole thing. Finally I landed on a recipe where the only thing you have to heat up is the water. Since I didn’t need to cook the play dough on the stove, my daughter was able to be more involved in the whole process.
Little C, and I have made homemade play dough twice, and I have found the best way to involve your kids in the whole process, is to put all of the ingredients into small bowls, and measuring cups, and let them dump everything into a large mixing bowl. When we made our play dough this way, my daughter was able to fully explore all the ingredients, before I added the boiling colored water, and took over. By the time I stirred, and kneaded, until the dough was the consistency of play dough, it was cooled down enough for her to play with.
You can get the recipe from The Imagination Tree, by clicking here. I follow The Imagination Tree’s recipe to a T, and it works like a charm every time! I like to make a different batch for each color. The only thing I add to this recipe is essential oils, and glitter, both of which I add to the play dough after it’s fully mixed together. My daughter loves smelling her play dough, and the glitter adds some extra sparkle to the mix.
Now I have enough play dough to last for months! I don’t even have to worry if she mixes all the colors, because then that will give us an excuse to mix up another batch. Two months later, this play dough is still just as moist, and smooth as is was on day one! We love to play with our play dough using cookie cutters, gem stones, alphabet stamps, feathers, buttons, mosaic tile accents, large beads, and so much more!
What do you like to do with play dough? I hope I sparked some ideas! You should try making your own homemade play dough, it’s definitely something your kids will play with more than once. Don’t forget to drop by next Tuesday to see what I have in store for my next for Try It Tuesday.