Valentine's Day Playdough Recipe

Strawberry Vanilla Valentines Playdough in The Kitchenaid

Whip up this easy homemade playdough recipe without turning on your stove and use your mixer to keep your hands clean and free of food coloring!  Amazingly scented and tinted homemade playdough is the stuff kids dreams are made of, grab a few pantry ingredients and let’s get started making it for your little Valentine.

This homemade playdough recipe also makes a great gift for the class party or just for one on one fun at home with you and your little one. Cut the dough in half before adding scent and food coloring and use strawberry and vanilla extracts, or other extracts and oils to create multiple scents and colors.


  • 2 ½  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • ⅔  cup of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons  Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Strawberry extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • Red food coloring


Place dry ingredients in mixer and combine on low.

Heat water in the microwave for 3-4 minutes or until boiling.

Slowly pour hot water into dry mixture and mix on low until everything is evenly combined, add a bit more flour if needed, mixture should be just slightly tacky but not sticky.

Mix in strawberry and vanilla extract along with red or pink food coloring until you reach your desired shade and scent strength.

Allow it to cool until it can be handled comfortably.

Include all sizes of heart-shaped cookie cutters, mini cookie cutters, plastic knives or craft sticks for cutting and rolling pins for  Valentines themed open-ended play.

This Valentine’s Day Playdough is super soft and when you scent it with strawberry-vanilla extract, your kiddos are in for a sweet sensory treat! Pair the dough with our Preschool Valentine’s Day Mats.

You can even make a bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day! Roll dough into “snakes”, flatten and then coil them up to create these sweet little rosettes.

The open-ended play possibilities are endless! Your kiddos can even make hearts, roses, strawberry treats and more!

Store your playdough in the fridge in an air-tight container.

Pair up this scented dough with our Valentine’s Day playdough mats! We have over 60 hands-on activities designed to build fine motor skills available in our February Fine Motor Pack.

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