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Playdough with rose petals

For this week’s quick play post we share this fun and fragrant play dough idea.

There are so many  scents and textures you can add to to make the sensory play exciting for the child. We have added rose scented oil and make Valentine playdough, added sand and made beach dough, added Kool-Aid and used playdough in art. It is very easy to make and you can adapt it to the child’s interests and preferences.

Right now is peak rose season and we have plenty of roses bushes in our garden in full fragrant bloom.  How about making a sensory dough with fresh flowers?

Playdough recipe

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  • 1 – 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup-3/4 cup of boiling water ( add in small increments)
  • handful of rose petals

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We added the flour, salt, cream of tartar to a large bowl and the kids added the rose petals and a few poppy petals. We just used only fragrant flowers we had in our garden. I’d add any fragrant flowers petals ( jasmine would have great – a bit over the top fragrance but still oh-so-good!) Flowers petals are fantastic for any kind of sensory activities and we have used them in our sensory box and we have used wild flowers to make outdoor potions.

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After adding the dry ingredients, pink food color and the fresh rose petals, we added the boiling water and mixed up the dough really well.

add petals to the mixture

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Within  a few minutes we got a beautiful pink and rose scented dough with tiny specks of flower petals for visual stimulation and an additional sensory element.

final play dough product

Once the dough was prepared, I set our the usual accessories.  Although this time the kids used very few accessories to enjoy play dough play. I strongly feel it is simply because the pink dough itself was fun, it smelt so fresh and fragrant. They kept taking in big whiffs and went ” oooh it smells so good, mommy” and of course my toddler just had to ask and surreptitiously try to eat it. Mom is ALWAYS watching during play time.

We rolled, squished and felt the texture.

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  My toddler made a few flowers but that day they were really into making people .

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 The playdough smells amazing for a good 2 weeks. Then the smell tapers off. To extend the smell you could essential oils.

playdough recipe

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