What fun we had this week exploring scented play dough. Scented dough really brings so many extras into the experience for the children. I really wanted to explore a natural play dough scented with real orange. YUM!!! This ended up being a huge hit with the kids and the adults. Everyone loves the smell of fresh oranges!
Orange Scented Natural Play Dough
This is how I set up an invitation to explore with orange scented natural dough. To me it was a fun set up for toddlers and we were able to work on shapes and the color orange. So we really brought many learning opportunities into this fun activity.
Not only do they get to use their sense of touch, they get to use their sense of smell with this play dough.
The recipe for Orange Scented Play Dough:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp. cooking oil
1 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1/2 fresh squeezed orange
*optional: orange zest for extra smell and texture
*optional: for color you can use a small .15 oz pack of orange kool-aid or Wilton food coloring. Both work great.
Mix all ingredients (except zest) in pot on low heat for about 5 minutes stirring until it clumps together. When it has formed a ball and doesn’t look sticky it is done.
Let it cool for a few minutes and then add your orange zest (optional)
Now it’s PLAY TIME!
The best part of this activity was sitting back and watching the children explore and enjoy this scented dough. I highly suggest you try out scented dough with your children. I am sure they will love it.