Candy Cane Play Dough is one of our favorite flavors to make during the winter months.

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The scent is invigorating and my kid loves twisting the different colors together to form pretty shapes.

Play dough is always better when it has a flavor, right!? Whether it’s gingerbread play dough or pumpkin pie play dough, we love changing up our play dough with the seasons.


Here’s what you need to make Candy Cane Play Dough:


Mix together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil. Pour in the water and stir until a dough forms. Knead the dough to smooth it out.

Separate the dough in half and create two balls of dough. Make a small indention in the top of each ball and add food coloring inside. Knead each ball to incorporate the food coloring throughout — you might want to wear gloves to avoid stains on your hands!

Once the food coloring is spread throughout, you’ll have one ball of red play dough and one ball of white play dough.

Now it’s time to add your Peppermint Essential Oil! We love the way this smells — just like Candy Canes! Even better, the smell is invigorating and can support mental alertness.

Make a small indention in the top of each ball and add 5-7 drops of oil. Knead the play dough to disperse the oil throughout the dough.

Let your kids have fun twisting the two colors around each other, mixing them together for a marbled effect, or cutting out shapes with cookie cutters. The play possibilities are endless!

Want to play even more? Check out our list of 100 Homemade Play Dough Recipes for even more fun!