Candy Cane Dough

Get into the holiday spirit with this wonderful candy cane-themed play dough. Scented with peppermint oil, this dough smells just like a real candy cane.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather all your ingredients and find a big surface to work on. We use a stool or bar chair for the kids to sit on when helping. This way we are all at the same level and everything stays contained to the counter while cooking.

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  • Step 2

    Start by adding the dry ingredients to a large bowl. I have my children do this step. Once the flour, salt, and cream of tartar are in the bow,l it's time for the grown-up to take over the bowl while adding the hot water, cooking oil, and peppermint oil. Mix until cool and a ball starts to form.

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  • Step 3

    When the dough has cooled, I always give the kids a turn to stir before we pull out the dough to start kneading. I'm not sure what my kids like better; making the play dough or playing with it when it is done. We make play dough almost every week. It's a lot of fun to experiment with different recipes.

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  • Step 4

    Knead and divide the dough. If the dough feels too sticky, you may need to add a touch more flour. Next, take one portion of the dough and add a few drops of food color to the center. Knead the dough again until you are left with red dough.

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  • Step 5

    Both colors are ready. You can add some glitter to the white portion if you want to make it extra special.

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  • Done!

    Cookie cutters and cupcake liners are a favorite play dough accessory in our home. I also like to give the kids unexpected play dough tools like coffee beans and a garlic press. It is always more fun to play with the real deal!

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