Bring “Beauty and the Beast” into your playtime activities with this Enchanted Rose homemade scented playdough recipe! You don't need to add a scent to make playdough fun, but adding a lovely aroma with a story behind it turns it into a true sensory activity for kids.
Homemade Scented Playdough
I am so excited that the new live-action Beauty and the Beast is now in theaters! I thought it would be fun to come up with some Beauty and the Beast activities for kids to incorporate the characters into play time.
Nothing has ever been more fun for my daughter than homemade scented playdough; now I have a new scented playdough recipe that brings one of our favorite Disney princesses into the activity!
The enchanted rose plays a huge part in the plot of the movie. If you're not familiar, here's a super-quick summary:
A long time ago in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle…just kidding! That's not a quick summary. But I swear I had that whole introduction memorized when I was younger!
The significance of the enchanted rose in Beauty and the Beast:
The beast used to be a prince. The prince was mean and one night he refused to help an old woman. She cursed him, turned him in to a beast and gave him a magic rose.
If he didn't learn the meaning of true love by the time the last petal fell off the Enchanted Rose, he would remain a beast forever.
You might guess what happens in the movie, and I love that Disney made the rose into it's own significant character.
The enchanted rose is more gorgeous and meaningful than ever in the new version of the film, making this Enchanted Rose homemade scented playdough even more symbolic!
Of course, you don't need to add a scent to the homemade playdough recipe to make it fun; playdough is already a sensory activity. But the addition of a lovely aroma with a story associated with it turns this into a true sensory activity for children!
How to play with homemade scented playdough
It's pretty obvious from all my pictures that we used some fun Beauty and the Beast toys to play with the Enchanted Rose homemade scented playdough.
The homemade scented playdough washes off easily enough with soap and water, but the toys themselves might not stand up to a ton of washing.
I think you can use any plastic toy in the playdough, but I'd also be sure to use toys that you're sure can suffer wear and tear without breaking your kids' hearts!
You can also skip the characters and traditional toys in favor of kid-friendly tools made for use with playdough:
These are some of my favorite Beauty and the Beast figures that would be super cute to use with the Enchanted Rose homemade scented playdough:
How to make homemade scented playdough
Note: The printable recipe for homemade scented playdough is at the end of the post.
Homemade scented playdough recipe ingredients:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup cold water
- Yellow food coloring gel
- 8-10 drops essential oil (I love the Aura Cacia brand of essential oils, and the Rose Absolute essential oil is amazing!)
Homemade scented playdough recipe directions:
- Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium bowl
- Add the vegetable oil and cold water. Stir until it forms a dough*.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for 4-5 minutes until a soft, elastic dough forms.
- Add the yellow food coloring and rose essential oil and knead for an additional 2-3
- minutes until the color is mixed in.
*If the dough is too crumbly add an additional tablespoon of water. If it's too wet add a tablespoon of flour.
Store the homemade scented playdough in Ziplock bags for up to three months.
If you're as thrilled about Beauty and the Beast as I am, You have to listen to the soundtrack!
Here are three ways you can hear it:
- Buy the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack here,
- Stream for free it with Amazon Prime or
- Stream it with 30 free days of the amazing Amazon Music Unlimited service!
Don't miss these free printable Beauty and the Beast coloring pages and activity sheets!
Click below to print your homemade scented playdough recipe.