Enhanced Playdough

1 C water

2 T vegetable oil

liquid or paste food coloring (paste will give you vivid colors)

2 t cream of tartar

1/3 cup table salt (Good ole Morton works for me) http://www.mortonsalt.com/

1 flour flour

scented oil


chunky, big glitter (optional)


Whisk together the water, oil and coloring (you can add more coloring later, but it’s easiest at this point). Then add the cream of tartar, salt and flour. Whisk together well.

Microwave at 30 seconds to 1-minute intervals, stirring and scraping in between intervals. Total time can be anywhere from 3 minutes to 6 minutes depending on location and microwave. It’s done when it looks like bread dough that you have to knead. That means it should be coming together but still a little wet. Let is sit for at least 4 to 5 minutes to cool and set. Turn it out and start kneading (little ones can help with this).  When it looks smooth and feels like playdough, add a few drops of scented oil and again knead away. Add oil till the scent is the strength you like.  Store in an airtight container for 4 to 6 months. The salt keeps it from spoiling.

If you would like to a grainy glitter (not fine)-it will make the sensory experience more layered. The scent is a wonderful sensory addition for kids and adults! You can theme your scents to seasons, or a eucalyptus or peppermint scent is always a sure bet. If you’re into essential oils, you will know what healing properties they may have.

Here are my resources for fabulous, true to smell scents: