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Orange Scented Playdough {With Orange Zest Mix-Ins}

Brighten up your day with a fresh batch of citrus orange scented playdough with real orange zest mix-ins! We are huge playdough fans here at The Art Kit and have been making all sorts of fun themed playdough sets to keep the kids busy. Read on to discover how we made our one pot orange playdough.

How to make orange scented playdough by @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

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What You’ll Need

1 cup flour

2-3 tablespoons cream of tarter

1/4 cup salt

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup water

Cooking pot

Wooden mixing spoon

Orange

Zester

Yellow red food coloring

Orange essential oil

Cupcake liners

Straws

Scissors

Beads

Playdough accessories

Divided tray (optional)

What to Do

Begin by whipping up a batch of our one pot playdough.

Mix the following ingredients together in a cooking pot:

1 cup flour

2-3 tablespoons cream of tarter

1/4 cup salt

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup water

Once all the ingredients have been mixed, cook them over medium heat while mixing continuously. The playdough mixture will start melting down and then, after a few minutes, it will start to ball up and pull away from the sides of the pot (and your arm muscles will start to ache!); that’s when you know your dough is cooked. It’s okay if some areas are still a bit sticky looking. For the most part, however, it should look like playdough.

Once the playdough has cooled, add a few drops of red food coloring and several drops of yellow food coloring and knead it until incorporated (we used this opportunity to talk about coloring mixing). We then added several drops of orange essential oil. Smells good, right? Next, we added our orange zest to our divided tray for the little ones to use with the playdough. We then added the playdough and a few orange colored items (to go with our orange theme for the day).

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Then we let the kids have free reign on the invitation to play! They enjoyed rolling the dough, mixing in the orange zest, and making all sorts of fantastic orange treats.

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The orange zest added a really fun texture to the orange scented playdough. The kids felt like real bakers!

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Lots of orange cupcakes were made and (pretend) eaten! Yum!

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They had a blast just pressing beads into the playdough.

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Playdough play is such a great sensory activity, especially combined with natural scents and real food ingredients. We recently made lemon poppyseed playdough and lavender playdough that both smelled amazing as well!

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How did your orange scented playdough with orange zest mix-ins turn out? We’d love to see what your little ones created! Share with us on social media #theartkit.

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2 thoughts on “Orange Scented Playdough {With Orange Zest Mix-Ins}”

  1. With fall coming up, this looks super inviting and yummy (I’m thinking fall spice smells!) smelling! I’ve made lots of playdoh but not used this particular recipe yet. We’re learning the letter P with Poyt Poyt fish, and we know he letter O. Playdoh and Orange. Maybe we’ll use this playdoh recipe to make a pout pout fish next week with different colors! ?? thanks for sharing!

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