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With the winter weather meaning we have a few more home days just recently I’ve been reaching for some easy indoor activities to keep the littles occupied. Our tub of homemade play dough has been out more times than I can count over the last month or so as with so many ways to play it’s a sure fire way to entertain Florence and lately even William is getting in on the play dough action.
As Valentines Day is coming up I’ve been planning a few Valentines theme play ideas and in preparation I’ve made this super sweet scented play dough. I’ve used a slightly different recipe this time to make sure the smell of the strawberry and raspberry really come through.
Recipe for Strawberry Scented Play Dough
1 11g sachet of strawberry jelly crystals
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup salt
2tsp Cream of Tartare
1 tbsp oil (cooking or baby oil)
Red food colouring
Combine the flour, salt and cream of tartare in a saucepan.
Make up the strawberry jelly according to the instructions on the packet.
Pour in the jelly mixture along with the tbsp of oil and food colouring. We used red Dr Oetker food colouring* for this batch but it turned out more of a pinky red than what I was originally going for.
Add to a high heat and continue to stir until the mixture until it sticks together in a ball. This could take between 2-4 minutes depending on your hob.
When you remove the dough from the pan it might not feel as firm but once cooled it will feel more like your usual dough.
Raspberry scented play dough
For the raspberry scented play dough, I followed exactly the same method and instead used a raspberry jelly sachet and some hot pink food colouring. I used ProGel food colouring* this time – it gives off a much more vivid colour.
You might find that this play dough is a bit stickier than your normal jelly free batch but once handled a bit more it seems to lose its stickiness. I really love the way the scents fill the room when this play dough is played with.
This scented play dough should be stored in an airtight container or zip lock bag in the fridge to keep it fresh and prevent it from going hard.
I’ll be sharing some fun ways to play in the coming weeks.