Making my own scented play dough recipe is fun for me and my daughter loves play dough. Last year for fall we did a pumpkin pie scented play dough recipe that my daughter loved. This year I decided to go the apple route and do an apple scented play dough.I like making my own play dough because it is a great sensory experience with the added smells, plus I know exactly what is going in it.

– Life Over C's green apple scented play dough recipe for kids

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Materials for the Green Apple Play Dough Recipe

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 packages of green apple Jello mix
  • 8-10 drops of green food coloring

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Finding something to use as the apple scent was a little challenging. I tried finding apple extract or something similar in the baking isle with no luck. As I was walking out of that isle, I spied the jello packages and saw the green apple flavored jello. I had seen people use jello before in play dough recipes, so I decided to try it.

Let me tell you, this scented play dough smells amazing. I could not get over how fragrant it was. And you know how if you leave play dough out overnight it gets hard and crumbly? Well, I tested this by leaving it out over night. It got a little crusty on the outside, but after kneading it a few times and working out all the crusty edges, it smoothed right back out.

To keep this even longer I wrapped it in some plastic wrap, but you could also use an air-tight container of some sort.

Easy Green Apple Scented Play Dough Recipe

3 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp cream of tartar

1 1/2 cups boiling water

2 packages of green apple Jello mix

8-10 drops of green food coloring (if you are wanting to avoid dyes, you can find dye free colors on Amazon)

Directions:

Add all your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir together. Add vegetable oil and boiling water and mix with a large mixing spoon. Once the mixture is cool enough to tough, take it out and knead it on the counter. Once you begin kneading it by hand, add the 8-10 drops of green food coloring and mix in with your hands. Add as much coloring as you want to get the desired green color.

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– Life Over C's Kneading the color into green apple scented play dought

It almost looks good enough to eat. But of course that is not recommended because of the salt. My daughter is actually pretty good about not eating play dough. However if she does, I just take it away and she is done playing with it for a while.

– Life Over C's green apple play dough recipe

She has a little play dough tray that she enjoys so I gave her a small piece of the green apple scented play dough and she had a great time with it.

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– Life Over C's Girl playing with green apple scented play dough

Thank you so much to Kim for inviting me to share with you all today. I hope that you enjoy this scented play dough with your kids.

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– Life Over C's green apple scented play dough recipe for kids
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. I’m so excited to be introducing some new sensory activities to the infants and toddlers I teach. With their young ages, it is so important that everything be “taste safe” so I’m glad to find this recipe!

  2. I was really excited to make this for my Pre-K class to use while we’re learning about apples, but when I made it, it came out really sticky. Any ideas how to fix it?

    1. You can just keep adding flour until it’s not sticky anymore. Because of differences in humidity, elevation, etc. play dough is always subject to the kitchen it’s made in. But most play dough recipes are very flexible and you just add a little water or a little flour depending on how it feels. Hope that helps!

  3. Love the idea of using Jello to give it a scent! We’ve tried it with cloud dough before — so fun!

    Definitely agree with younger kids it is nice knowing what is in the play dough they are using!

    1. Yes, I really prefer homemade versions with food safe ingredients more than the store-bought versions with unknown ingredients.

  4. Oooh, I bet this smells great! Thanks for sharing — I can’t wait to make it for my little guy! I’m so glad I found you through the Tot School link up.