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Apple scented play dough recipe

This simple play dough recipe is made with apple-scented shampoo and smells like yummy apples. It only takes about 3 minutes to make up a batch.



  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (115g) salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) water
  • 2  1/2 tbsp (50ml) apple fragranced shampoo
  • red or green food colouring


Step 1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Pour in the water, oil and shampoo

Step 2. Add a couple of drops of your chosen food colouring and whisk in.

Step 3. Place over a medium heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir constantly until the mixture forms a ball.

Step 4. Turn out onto a clean surface and leave to cool for a few minutes. Knead until you have a smooth ball. Store in a resealable bag or closed container in the fridge.


Apple-scented play dough


  • Apple scented shampoo is readily available in the supermarket.
  • Whisking the ingredients together before they go over the heat is essential in this recipe.
  • I keep play dough in the fridge to prolong shelf life.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot New Zealand.