Making homemade playdough is a great afternoon activity for kids. It’s perfect for cold or rainy days, because playdough can entertain kids for hours. This DIY mint playdough uses my best homemade playdough recipe, with added mint extract.
To make mint playdough, you will need a few simple ingredients, such as water, vegetable oil, salt, cream of tarter, flour, and (optional) food coloring and fragrance.
Best Homemade Playdough Recipe
I’ve used this great homemade playdough recipe to make all sorts of playdough colors!
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tbsp. cream of tartar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- green gel food coloring
- mint extract or essential oil
Begin by combining the water, salt, cream of tarter, and oil in a medium sauce pan. Heat these ingredients until the mixture is fully dissolved.
Once the salt is dissolved into the water, give the mixture a stir and add a few drops of food coloring and (optional) fragrance. Adding the color at this liquid stage is the easiest way to fully mix the food coloring into your homemade playdough. If you wait until the dough stage, you will have to knead the food coloring in.
Next, slowly mix in the 2 cups of flour. The mixture will start out gooey at first, and thicken as the flour cooks. Once the playdough becomes doughy and less sticky, remove the pan from the heat. Dump the playdough out onto a piece of parchment paper to cool. Caution! The playdough will be very hot!
Sensory Mint Playdough
This homemade playdough is soft, brightly colored, and minty fresh! I used 2 drops of green gel food coloring and 2 capfuls of mint extract. My kids can make all sorts of creations by rolling it out, cutting the playdough with cookie cutters, and balling it up.
I especially like homemade playdough because it’s softer and more malleable than store-bought playdough. Additionally, you can make this playdough in large quantities. I’ve made playdough for birthday parties and playdates with friends.
If your kids enjoy playing with playdough, this minty green sensory dough is definitely worth trying out!
Kids can knead it, roll it out, ball it up, and cut playdough into pieces to practice their motor skills. Alternately, use cookie cutters and arrange the playdough in silicone cupcake liners to practice making treats. Best of all, when you make your own playdough, you can mix up any color or even make rainbow unicorn playdough. Kids can help choose the colors and watch the cooking process (from a safe distance from the stove). Happy playdough making!
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Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, creative projects, taking photos and traveling. I’ve previously worked as a web designer, journalist and barista. I hope you enjoy our creative projects and family adventures!