This scented Jello playdough recipe is beautiful, smooth, and super easy to make. With just a few ingredients, you can make your own playdough at home, and the Jello adds some extra smelly fun to it!
I’m not going to lie – this year we’ve been so overloaded with homeschool activities and family life that I haven’t been as “homemade” as I usually like to be. I’ve been buying things pre-made, including playdough.
Which, if you know me, is really not my style. If I can make something myself, I usually will.
But, it’s been an interesting year. While everyone else is learning how to make bread and preserve their garden harvest for the first time, I sunk back into relying on store-bought materials. Perhaps it’s the pregnancy and achy back. Yeah, let’s go with that.
Back to the playdough – we’ve been buying store-bought playdough for our homeschool activities this year so far, and while my son doesn’t notice the difference, or care in the slightest – I certainly do.
It just feels like a waste. So, for our 5 senses unit this month, I decided to make our own playdough, AND make it scented and fun!
Sure, I could just add some essential oils or some other fragrance to a regular batch of playdough, but where’s the adventure in that?
I’ve seen Jello playdough before, and took this as a perfect opportunity to try it out, so we could discuss our sense of smell, touch, and sight!
WHILE YOU’RE PLANNING YOUR 5 SENSES THEME:
- Check out my 5 Senses Unit here. (Use code SENSES25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!
- Here are 19 Activities & Crafts for your Preschooler’s 5 Senses theme!
- Here’s a list of Books for your 5 Senses Unit Study.
- Check out this Fun 5 Senses Song for Preschoolers
5 Senses Activities & Crafts We’ve Done at the Moore Homestead:
- Sensory Spice Painting
- Texture Collage 5 Senses Process Art Activity
- Salt & Sugar Test Five Senses Activity
- 5 Senses Puppets (Free Printable)
- Jello Dig Sensory Activity
- Taste Test Survey Printable & Activity
- Scratch and Sniff Jello Name Activity
- 5 Senses Sorting Game Printable
- Pickle Science Study
- Rainbow Sensory Noodles
- Pop Rocks Science Study
- Sound Jars Five Senses Activity
- 5 Senses Scavenger Hunt
- 5 Senses Body Parts Match Activity
- Easy Sensory Bottles
- Optometrist Dramatic Play for Kids
For tips on planning your homeschool preschool year, check out this article.
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Jello Playdough Recipe for Kids
This recipe was not particularly hard to make, but it was a bit time consuming. I had it in my head that I could whip up a batch and have them out for my kids to play with all in the same hour, and that’s just not the reality. I would recommend assuming that this will take up an afternoon, and be ready to play with that evening, or even – the following day.
How to Make Jello Playdough
Jello Playdough Ingredients (Per Batch):
- 1 pack of Jello
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 tbsp cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
Directions for Jello Playdough:
1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and vegetable oil to a boil.
2. In a separate bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix.
3. Remove boiling water from the heat, and pour over dry ingredients.
4. Using a spatula, stir the mixture until a dough forms.
5. Place dough on floured work space and repeat until all batches (colors) are complete.
6. Once the dough has cooled, add as much flour as you need to knead and bring the dough completely together until it’s no longer sticky. I added up to 1/2 cup more flour to each color! It really was like kneading bread dough.
Store your Jello playdough in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Some recipes mix all ingredients on the stovetop, but I figured this would be messier, and unnecessary. This way, I was able to wipe out the mixing bowl in between each batch so the colors didn’t mix too much, instead of cleaning out the pot each time.
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