Scented Dough

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In this activity, learners follow a recipe to create play dough scented with fruit-flavored drink mix. As they mix together the ingredients, learners are encouraged to use descriptive words to explain how the dough feels, looks, and smells. Use this activity to illustrate how noses can be used to smell different things.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Large bowls
  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Spoons (optional)
  • Aprons/smocks (optional)
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Cream of tartar
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Packets of various fruit-flavored drink mixes (e.g. Kool Aid)
  • Ziploc bags (optional)
  • Pictures of fruits (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Smell
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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