The BEST Scented No Cook Play Dough

The BEST Scented No-Cook Play Dough | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Gracen and I may have just stumbled upon the best. play dough. recipe. ever. today while combining my old go-to with a few other ideas we found around the net….  Now I know I said similar things about this recipe, but this new one involves no cooking (win!) and smells delish (double win!)

We did have to make a trip to the grocery store beforehand, as a couple of the ingredients are not things we regularly keep on hand, but it was well worth the trip.  This is by far the softest, squishiest, smoothest, nicest feeling {and smelling} play dough I’ve ever come across.

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The BEST Scented No-Cook Play Dough

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of glycerine 
  • Food colouring, if desired (in a colour that coordinates with your Kool Aid colour)
  • 3/4 cup of boiling water

Place all of the ingredients, save the boiling water, in a bowl and whisk well.  Measure the water using your dry measuring set and add it to the bowl.  Give the mixture a quick mix with a wooden spoon, banging off it off every once and a while.  At this point, the mixture may seem too wet and sticky to make good play dough… Do not fret!  Leave the semi-mixed dough on the counter to cool for 5 or so minutes.  Afterwards, dump the mixture out onto the countertop and knead really well.  You’ll know you’re done when the dough is fully cooled, soft and squishy, and the super smooth.

Enjoy!

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FIY:  Kool-Aid is a powdered drink mix that you add sugar and water to make ‘juice’ and Frosting Creation Flavour Mix is a powder used to flavour store-bought icing.  Both are used in this recipe to scent the play dough and give it some colour, but they can easily be left out for an unscented dough.

FIY #2:  Non-edible glycerine is readily available in the first aid section of most grocery stores  and edible glycerine is available where cake making supplies are sold.

FIY#3:  This play dough will last for months if stored at room temperature in an air-tight container or bag.

 

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31 thoughts on “The BEST Scented No Cook Play Dough

    1. Sugar-free Jello or Duncan Hines Frosting Creations would work too. If you don’t mind it not being scented, just use food colouring. 🙂

    1. Hey Deb! Hmmm… Probably not! Kool Aid is simply a powdered drink mix you add sugar and water to, so something similar would work. Do you have Jell-O there? The sugar-free kind works the same as Kool Aid would. And gel food colouring is just a concentrated food colouring. Any type of food colouring will do!

  1. Thank u for this! I can’t seem to find kool aid where we are so I made the first batch without scent – turned out just like store-bought play dough! Now the trick is to get my 11 month old to actually play with the dough (he’s the squeamish kind) 😐 Great recipe anyways!

  2. Thank you for this recipe!!! I’m going to make it today 🙂 I do work with a few kiddos who sometimes put things in their mouth. Do you happen to know if glycerine is safe if a small amount was ingested? I don’t really know what it is

    1. Hey Jen! To my knowledge, there are two types of glycerine… One is purchased in the baking aisle along with cake making supplies, food colouring, etc. and is edible. The other, purchased in the first aid section, is not. I haven’t had much luck finding the edible kind in regular grocery stores, though craft shops do carry it with their cake making supplies usually. If you’re in a pinch, just do without and add a tiny bit more oil if needed. The glycerine adds a beautiful shine and stretch to the dough, but you can make it without also. Enjoy!!

      1. Thanks for mentioning that I can do without the glycerine. I found the answer to my question.

  3. Ok, so I have tried this, we loved it the first time we used it. Then I put it in a small plastic container and when we tried to use it again 2 days later it was all sticky and way too soft. Am I doing something wrong or is it supposed to be only used once?

    1. No, definitely not meant to only be used once, Bettina! Though I have had this happen before… How did you store it? If possible, you want to keep it in a dry, cool place, but not in the fridge. I’ve had mine go mucky when accidentally stored near a heater and when I put it in the fridge to experiment.

      1. Oh … thanks so much for the reply. Well, I stored it in an airtight container which perfectly fit the amount of dough but stored on top of the fridge. I didn’t think it was too warm there but might well have been. Will give it another try and see what happens in a different place.

        1. Oh yes – it may be that! I know that ours gets warm up there. Try again and let me know how it goes. Fingers crossed it won’t do it again.

  4. Hi, I want to try this receipe but cream of tartar isn’t commonly used where I live, can I substitute it with something?

  5. When you are making multiple colors, do you make one big batch and add in the color after you’ve mixed it, or do you make a separate batch for each color?

  6. I made four batches and every single one was so sticky. I gave it a good, long kneed. My hands were caked, table caked. For all of them, I had to add a lot more flour. At least 1/2 cup, maybe more. What did I do wrong. Only thing I altered was I used gel food coloring. Help!!!!

    1. Thanks for posting this. I also plan on using gel food coloring and it helps to know to add an additional 1/2 cup of flour.

  7. Love this recipe. I made 3 batches, all with food colouring rather than Koolaid because its not readily available in Australia and I had food colouring on hand, and all turned out great.

  8. Hi!
    I’m spanish and some of ingredients have a different name here. Could you put photos of all of ingredients? This way I can find some similar here, in Spain.
    Thanks!!!!

  9. Hi Jen! We met five or so years ago when I first illustrated my book, Times Two and you so generously shared about it on your blog! (Hi!) I love your blog and your idea of making scented play-dough but am having a difficult time finding kool-aid packets in Vancouver?! I’ve only found the liquid! Any tips? Thanks so much!

  10. I’m in the same boat as timestwobook! Also in vancouver and unable to find powder packets of koolaid. Any idea who still carries them in the lower mainland? I’m only finding liquid too 🙁

    1. I don’t think they’re carried here anymore unfortunately. :/ And neither are the Frosting Creations packets. I know my friends can still get powdered Kool-Aid packets in the States…

  11. I absolutely love this recipe! I make it regularly for my grandchildren. It has turned out so well each time. I do not use the kool-aid powder even though it is readily available here in the states. I also get my glycerine at my local chain store, Vitamin Shoppe.
    I can’t thank you enough for sharing this recipe!

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