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This easy, scented play dough recipe can be made in a variety of colors and flavors. Make it with your kids for twice the fun on a cold, winter weekend.We went to see the grandkids last weekend and had a blast, as usual. We spent part of our time making scented play dough in an effort to beat the winter blues. Here’s the recioe, just In case you’re looking for something to wile away the long winter days that keep kids cooped up inside. This recipe first appeared on Gravel Road about a year ago…just before my grandson and I made our first batch together.

The recipe also makes a big batch, so we put half the ingredients in one saucepan and the other half in another. Then we added a package of Koolaid to each pan and cooked one panful and then the other. Last weekend, we made yellow, green, purple, and orange, enjoying ourselves immensely.

Scented Play Dough


2 cups flour
2/3 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 packages unsweetened Koolaid
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups water


Mix the dry ingredients together in a sauce pan. Then add the oil.

Play Dough 2Add the water, about a quarter cup at a time, whisking as you go. Keep whisking until all the lumps are gone.

Play Dough 3Play Dough 4 Play Dough 6 Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan frequently…

Play Dough 6….until the dough stops sticking to the side of the pan.

Play Dough 8Let the first half-batch cool while you make the second. Then, turn the first batch onto the counter and knead a few times. Once the second batch cools, do the same thing again.

play dough 1It is very, very important to play with the dough as soon as it’s cool enough. You don’t want to miss the sensation of warm, juicy-smelling dough squeezing through your fingers, do you?