Valentine’s Playdough

Feb 2, 2015

Activity for ages 3 to 6.

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate, candy, and flowers – the inspiration for our four lovely scented playdough recipes. {We promise they will have you wishing Valentine’s Day came more than once a year.} The playdough recipes are quick to whip up and make perfect kid-made, non-candy valentines for friends and classmates.

Awesome Valentine Playdough. Candy heart, chocolate, lavender and rose.

All of these playdough recipes are a variation of our delightfully squishy  One Pot Playdough Recipe, and make enough dough for 2-3 children. For each recipe, my kiddos add all the ingredients to a pot, mix it until all the lumps are gone, then pass the pot over so I can cook it.

I heat the playdough over low heat, stirring constantly, until the dough thickens and pulls away from the sides of the pot.  I turn off the heat and allow it to cool enough to handle.  After several minutes I dump the still tacky dough onto a clean counter and knead it until smooth and no longer sticky.

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  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1-2 packets of Duncan Hines Strawberry Shortcake Frosting Creations {http://mybrands.com/Home/Gifts—Bundles/All-Gift-Ideas/Choose-12-Duncan-Hines-Frosting-Creations-Flavors/Duncan-Hines-Frosting-Creations-Strawberry-Shortca}
  • pink food coloring {or just a few drops of red}
  • 3 cups water

Chocolate Playdough

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  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cups of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3 cups of water

Lavender Playdough

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  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • purple food coloring {add only a few drops at a time}
  • 3 cups water

Rose Playdough

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  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 15-20 drops of rose essential oil
  • red food coloring {gel color works best for a vibrant color, we used a whole bottle}
  • 3 cups water

Playdough Sweet Shop

My 5 year old daughter, A, could hardly wait for the last batch of playdough to finish cooling.  She began rolling out Valentine’s cookies while her little brother, Q, began making chocolates to fill his heart shaped box.  They rolled, cut, sculpted, and decorated for a good hour before serving up their Valentine’s day treats in their sweet shop.

Four awesome valentine playdough recipes.

We’ve been playing with the valentine playdough daily for a week and at this rate, the sweet shop will be open well after Valentine’s Day!

2 Comments

  1. Jessica

    If the play dough is still soft and tacky even after kneading, does that mean I didn’t heat it long enough? If so, is there a way to salvage the batch and make it less sticky? Or so I just need to start over at this point?

    Ps…I LOVE all your stuff!!

    Reply
    • Noirin

      Hi Jessica!

      I’m so glad you enjoy our stuff! You can still salvage the play dough by kneading flour into it a little bit at a time until it isn’t tacky anymore. I’ve done this plenty of times as I made the dough a bit too quickly in my rush to get it to my kiddos preschool. It does tend to dry out a little faster if you have to add flour but its better than having to toss the whole batch. I hope your kiddo has fun with this dough!

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