Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Edible Scented Salt-free Rainbow Play Dough!

Not only did we make this play dough in awesome rainbow colors, but it is edible, scented, and salt-free!

I have spent the last few weeks working on this recipe for you!  Removing the salt and cream of tartar from typical play dough recipes does change the texture, but this recipe is still malleable, easy to stretch, bend, pound, print, and play with!

It was important to me to create a recipe that did not have salt or cream of tartar because I have two toddlers that put a pinch of play dough into their mouths every time I blink...and they always join our preschoolers at the table when play dough comes out!

And since this month's challenge was scented dough, I wanted something that would smell delightful!  And let me tell you...this was awesome!!  Every one of my kiddos loved smelling it, and only the toddlers actually tasted it!  When we finished playing with it, I even loved how our hands were not caked with salt.  In fact, our hands smelled fantastic!

So.... are you ready for the recipe?  Did I mention it has a secret ingredient?  You will love it!  It's inspired by this play dough recipe.  The smell is fabulous!  Are you ready...keep reading to see what it is!

Simple Supplies:

 * 2 cups white flour
* 1/2 cup water
* 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 (0.3-ounce) package of sugar free Jell-o (or a 3-ounce package of not-sugar-free Jell-o dessert)

red: strawberry flavor
gold: apricot flavor
purple: grape flavor
blue: berry blue flavor

Easy How-to:

1- Mix 1 1/2 cups flour and other ingredients together in a small pan.  I used these 4 flavors, but found that the sugar-free powder (strawberry flavored in the picture below) gives the play dough the best texture.  That is why I recommend sugar-free in the ingredients above.  However, the normal Jell-o also works!

2- Cook over medium heat until it forms a ball.

3- Let cool slightly and knead in an additional 1/2 cup flour.  If it is still sticky, add a little more flour.

If it gets too stiff, add a tiny bit of water.  If it gets too sticky, add a little more flour!

Give it to your kiddos and let them get to work!

I love how play dough really strengthens the fine muscles that children need to write.  I also often give my kiddos a pair of scissors and toothpicks to cut and poke the play dough with.  They don't even realize they are working on pre-writing skills as they play!

Here are some of our children's butterflies, volcano, and more!

Have you made scented play dough before?  I'd love to know what you use!

This post is also a part of the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Recipes Series!

Be sure to visit these other blogs for more great scented sensory dough recipes:

Lemon Lime Scented Cloud Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
Lemonade Playdough | Preschool Inspirations
Ice Cream Play Dough Invitation | Study at Home Mama
Fruity Scented Dough | In The Playroom
Epsom Salt Rose Dough Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Green Tea Scented Play Dough Still Playing School
Grape Kool-Aid Scented Play Dough from Stir the Wonder
Pink Lemonade Play Dough | The Pleasantest Thing

And check out this Pinterest board for even more sensory dough ideas!!

And stop by this Pinterest board for loads of sensory ideas!!

I may share at any of these parties!

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