Valentine’s Day Rose-Scented Play Dough

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An easy homemade play dough recipe for Valentine’s Day, this simple Rose Play Dough smells just like a bouquet of roses and is taste-safe for young children.

A floral-scented play dough perfect for Valentine's Day. This Rose Play Dough is taste-safe and smells like a bouquet of roses.

Homemade Rose Play Dough

Before I discovered good-quality rose extract for making rose-flavored treats (like our rosewater marshmallows), I had made the mistake of buying artificial rose water.

While the smell is pleasant, the taste is bitter and lacking… but I didn’t want a whole bottle to go to waste, so I thought I’d experiment with making a rose-scented play dough for Valentine’s Day.

This is a great homemade gift for young kids and can be paired with our Parts of a Flower play dough mats for preschool learning. While it is taste-safe for curious toddlers, there is a lot of salt so children shouldn’t be making a snack out of it.

I added the play dough to a heart-shaped box and added a tray of glitter, artificial roses, and red gems for Ella to explore and decorate the dough.

For more fun Valentine’s Day crafts for kids, check out:

Rose-scented Play Dough at Study-at-Home Mama #valentines

Materials for Rose-Scented Play Dough

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Rose water
  • Cream of tartar
  • Water
  • Red food colouring

I like using these sectioned trays for our craft invitations.

How to Make Rose Play Dough

Cook all ingredients over medium heat, constantly stirring until it forms a large ball in the center.

Smoosh down the dough to make sure that it has cooked through and then remove and turn out onto a clean surface for kneading.

Knead once you can handle the temperature, the consistency won’t be horribly effected if you need to wait until it is completely cool.

It will be sticky at first but keep kneading for at least a minute before adding in some flour as the kneading process will remove some of the stickiness. I found I didn’t need extra flour but I did need lots of extra scent during the kneading process.

 

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Yield: 1 lb play dough

Valentine's Day Rose-Scented Play Dough

A floral-scented play dough perfect for Valentine's Day. This Rose Play Dough is taste-safe and smells like a bouquet of roses.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2-4T rose water
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • red food colouring

Tools

  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups

Instructions

  1. Cook all ingredients over medium heat, constantly stirring until it forms a large ball in the center.
  2. Smoosh down the dough to make sure that it has cooked through and then remove and turn out onto a clean surface for kneading.
  3. Knead once you can handle the temperature, the consistency won't be horribly effected if you need to wait until it is completely cool.
  4. It will be sticky at first but keep kneading for at least a minute before adding in some flour as the kneading process will remove some of the stickiness. I found I didn't need extra flour but I did need lots of extra scent during the kneading process.

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