Sensory Playtime with Homemade Scented Play Dough

by Jennifer Wieland
Sensory Playtime: Homemade Scented Play Dough

Last weekend was filled with thunderstorms, lots and lots of rain and flash flood warnings. That meant the kids were stuck in the house and like all kids mine get stir crazy when the weather is like that. To help alleviate some of the boredom I decided that we would have some sensory playtime with Homemade Scented Play Dough.

 Sensory Playtime: Homemade Scented Play Dough

Now, there are tons of homemade play dough recipes out there and a lot of them call for you to have to cook the play dough and some of them are edible. I would like to say that I am that good of a mom but sadly I am not. Instead we made a play dough that requires no cooking so the kids could help and since my kids are old enough not to eat their play dough I made one that is not edible. (Note: I said this is NOT edible.) It was really easy to make though and you may already have everything on hand for it already.

Sensory Playtime: Homemade Scented Play Dough

Homemade Scented Play Dough Supplies:

1 part Cheap Hair Conditioner (preferably white in color)

2 parts Corn Starch

Kool-Aid packets

Sensory Playtime: Homemade Scented Play Dough

In a large bowl you are going to add 1 part corn starch and 2 parts hair conditioner.

Sensory Playtime: Homemade Scented Play Dough

Using a silicone spoon or spatula stir the two ingredients together.

Sensory Playtime: Homemade Scented Play Dough

Divide the play dough in two and sprinkle each lump with one packet of Kool-Aid. Wearing rubber or latex gloves to protect your hands and nails from being dyed, knead the Kool-Aid into the play dough. Check the consistency. If it seems to dry fold in more conditioner and if it seems to wet fold in more corn starch.

Sensory Playtime: Homemade Scented Play Dough

You can store the scented play dough in containers for play at a later time. If it gets a little dry add more conditioner.

Sensory Playtime: Homemade Scented Play Dough


I just love having the ability to make projects like this on rainy days with the kids! Not only is the play dough itself fun to play with and smells amazing but the whole process of making it is a craft and fun time for the kids too.

Remember, while this may smell yummy it is not edible so children should not put it in their mouths and is not advised for use with children who may do so.

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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

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