Sugar Aunts: Play Dough Scented with Body Wash

Play Dough Scented with Body Wash

Oh, how we love play dough!  This month on the 12 months of Sensory Dough series is scented dough.  I can't wait to see what the other bloggers joining us have to share for scented sensory dough you can make at home.  The olfactory sense is a very powerful one.  Scents can be calming or alerting to children (and adults!) and can evoke memories.  Scented sensory play and activities are beneficial to children who are over-responsive or under-responsive to the sense of smell.  

We created our scented dough with an item that it seems we always have around the house.   Body wash smells amazing, comes in so many scents, and it seems to multiply in the cupboard.  

(OK, not really, but we do seem to have a TON of body wash.  All the time.)

Make Play Dough scented with Body Wash

Did you know you can make your own homemade scented play dough using body wash?  This stuff smells amazing and is so easy to make!

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body wash play dough recipe

We've got a ton of body wash collecting dust in our cupboard.  They come in as gifts, samples, collected from hotel stays...and they are definitely used...but today, we made dough!  This dough can use any scent of body wash, although different brands may change the dough's consistency.  We trialed two recipes with this dough and came up with a soft, moldable, scented dough that we loved!

For our dough, we used Bath and Body Works Velvet Sugar and Bath & Body Works Beautiful Day (which has a great apple-y scent).

Shower gel scented play dough made with flour and baby powder. A fun sensory play experience!

This dough is very easy to make.  The green dough used the Bath & Body Works Beautiful Day and baby powder and became a soft, moldable dough that was very soft to the touch.  The pink dough used Bath and Body Works Velvet Sugar and flour.  It was a firmer dough and not as soft to mold.

Body Wash Sensory Play Dough Recipe

To make the dough, add 1 TBSP body wash to 1/2 cup baby powder (or flour).  Mix together by hand to make a crumbly mixture.  Add 2 TBSP water and continue mixing.  The baby power will be difficult to mix with a utensil and mixing by hand is easier.  Add a few drops of food coloring and continue mixing.  The flour dough needed more kneading.  

Time to play!  The body wash gives these doughs a great scent.  Many dough recipes that have salt lose the scent.  This recipe seems to hold it's scent for a while after playing.  

The pink dough (made with flour) was much more resistive and a greater workout for the hand muscles compared to the green (baby powder) dough.  If you're looking for hand strengthening, the pink really worked those intrinsic muscles!

Pretend Play with Play Dough

Use your scented dough to make cookies with a great scent.  We made pink and green cookies (and sneak peeked them on our Instagram account!)

**Always supervise your child when playing with scented doughs.  This dough should not be ingested and the scent may encourage any child to taste. 

You can see all of the scented doughs in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough series here: 

Calming Lavender Scented Sensory Dough | Raising Lifelong Learners
Rose Scented Flower Dough | It’s A Long Story
Rose Scented Dough | The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Lemonade Playdough | Preschool Inspirations
Ice Cream Play Dough Invitation | Study at Home Mama

Fruity Scented Dough | In The Playroom

Citrus Orchard Play Dough with printable | Therapy Fun Zone
Epsom Salt Rose Dough Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Green Tea Scented Play Dough Still Playing School
Grape Kool-Aid Scented Play Dough from Stir the Wonder

Looking for more scented sensory dough ideas? 

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