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Orange Scented Play Dough to make at home

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sensory fun for toddlers & pre-schoolers

This play dough smells truly delicious! Its seriously easy to make, even with little ones helping out, and can work for summer, autumn or even Christmas time themes. Read on to find out how to make it…

You will need:

  • Rind of one orange – grated
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 heaped tsp of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of boiled water than has cooled
  • Optional – red and yellow food gel
  • Optional – dried oranges (cut into slices and cook at 100c for approx 5-6 hours)
The dried oranges aren’t completely necessary, we just had one that needed using up!


As with all of our play dough recipes, we make it simple enough so that my 3 year old daughter can help. That means that we do a ‘no cook’ version that is all hand mixed.

  • Begin by mixing all of the dry ingredients together.
  • Drizzle in the olive oil and mix together.
  • Grate the orange peel into a separate bowl
  • If you want the dough to be more orange, try a light mix of food colouring. We did two parts yellow to one part red and it turned out to be a mini colour mix exercise for Miss 3 (win!)
  • Gradually add the cooled, boiled water, kneading the dough each time until you are happy with the consistency – not too sticky, not too dry!
  • Mix the food colouring in to the dough – I haven’t put a specific quantity for the dye but the more you use, the more vibrant the colours.
  • Finally add the orange rind grating.
  • Store in an airtight container when not in use.

Storing Homemade Play Dough:

To really make your play dough last, you need to store in correctly. I tend to use sandwich bags or ziplock bags, which I then reuse for different batches of play dough. Seal them inside a Tupperware box or even takeaway container. Here i’ve used the IKEA GLIS box which is possibly my new favourite thing!

Store your play dough in a cool dry place so that it lasts for as long as possible. In the summertime when it gets ridiculously hot, we’ve stored ours in the fridge!

If the play dough ends up getting left out after play, try reviving it with a tiny bit of water.

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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is a trained teacher mama to three awesome children and wife to Greg. As a family of expats, they travel the world every couple of years for new adventures. Right now, they live in Vienna, Austria.

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