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Scented Play Dough Surprise Easter Eggs

The children have been really excited about Easter this year. A few members of our family are visiting from France on Sunday, and we made Play Dough Surprise Easter Eggs for the occasion.

Every single day in the past few weeks, Crevette has asked me whether we could make something for Easter and so far, we have made truffles, Easter chick cards, cress heads, toilet paper roll bunnies, surprise Easter eggs and he is trying to convince me to make chocolates as well at some point. Just a tad over the top, little man!

The play dough Easter eggs were great fun to make. As Jumpy (1 year 5 months) is allergic to wheat, we started by making our ‘free from’ play dough (recipe here) on Sunday. We doubled the recipe so they could play with half of the dough straight away and kept the other half in a zip bag to make their surprise Easter eggs another day.

Play Dough Surprise Easter Eggs: Instructions

Scented Play Dough Easter Eggs – Making the Dough

Crevette (5 years 9 months) and Beanie (3 years 6 months) enjoyed measuring the ingredients, mixing them together and kneading the dough once it had cooled down.

Scented Play Dough Easter Eggs – Dough

They really loved adding glitter to the dough and selecting four colours. They chose not to put too much food colouring in the dough to keep it all pastel and Spring-like.

Scented Play Dough Easter Eggs – Adding Colour and Scent

Their favourite part was choosing scents to add to their dough. They spent ages smelling everything I could find that would be safe to add to the mix and deciding what scent would best suit each colour. They added peppermint extract to the green dough, almond essence to the orange, vanilla extract to the pink and lemon essential oil to the yellow one. It smelt heavenly when they were making pretend cakes on Sunday!

Scented Play Dough Easter Eggs – Pastel Colours

We had plastic eggs from the pound shop, but they were really small and we were wondering what we could find that would actually fit in our play dough surprise Easter eggs . We spent the week looking through our craft supplies and wherever we went this week, we tried to find tiny objects. It was a fun hunt in the end! We ended up with buttons and cut felt shapes (thanks again Anna for those great ideas) and found feathers in one of our craft boxes, mini farm buttons and scrapbooking embellishments in another. When we went to the zoo yesterday, they were selling small animal rubbers. We got three of those. Another trip to the pound shop got us more rubbers (12 butterflies, flowers and ladybirds for £1) and a box of tiny chicks.

Scented Play Dough Easter Eggs - the surprises

Today, we were all ready to go and got to work on our play dough surprise Easter eggs . The children were delighted to make some for themselves and a few for their friends and Mamie (grandmother), too. I know that most people would not normally show their children what they are getting for Easter (or make the stuff with them for that matter). I told mine we were the ones getting the Easter treats and we would leave them in a big bag for the Easter bunny to find them easily and hide them in the garden on Sunday morning. They are also aware my friend Cé got some goodies for them, but I left them in the ‘secret’ bag and they know they are not supposed to look.

After they had decided what was going in each plastic egg and had a bit of fun with it all, they rolled their dough and wrapped it around the eggs.

Scented Play Dough Easter Eggs – Rolling the Dough

I helped them at that point to try and make the eggs look smoother and wrap them in cling film to make sure the dough would not dry. We chose some ribbon to make the eggs look prettier and it was all done! The children closed their eyes as they were putting their creations in the secret Easter bag.

Scented Play Dough Easter Eggs – Wrapped

Play Dough Surprise Easter Eggs, anyone?


  1. 18/04/2014 / 8:58 am

    This looks fantastic. How cute too what a great creative idea. So fun too. Happy Easter. #PoCoLo

    • Mel
      18/04/2014 / 9:00 am

      Happy Easter to you, too! Enjoy the long week-end. x Mel

  2. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    18/04/2014 / 2:54 pm

    Oh this is such a good idea and so different I love it! We haven’t done huge amounts for easter this year, though will have a mini hunt for Monkey i think. love this though! xx #pocolo #wotw Happy Easter!

    • Mel
      18/04/2014 / 10:20 pm

      Happy Easter to you too! Monkey is still small, isn’t he? If Crevette was not asking me to do crafts constantly, I very much doubt we would be doing that much ourselves. x Mel

  3. 18/04/2014 / 3:33 pm

    Fabulous idea – really original. The colours are just right -which I know from experience is so hard to achieve with food dye!

    • Mel
      18/04/2014 / 10:12 pm

      I found the colours a bit dull to start with, but the children wanted them to look light and you are right, they did well in the end! Mel

  4. Alexandra Mercer (Broody Me)
    18/04/2014 / 5:19 pm

    Very nice! We wanted to make some scented play dough the other day but I didn’t have any oils left so we just added some of the children’s strawberry scented shampoo. Not as good as proper scented oils but it was okay-ish!

    • Mel
      18/04/2014 / 8:52 pm

      That’s a good idea! I would never have thought of doing that. Mind you, now that I am thinking about it, I think I remember reading somewhere that you could made play dough using only corn flour and scented conditioner. Probably from ‘The Imagination Tree’ again. Anna is ever so resourceful! x Mel

  5. thereadingresidence
    18/04/2014 / 6:10 pm

    They look brilliant! Glad you’ve had such a fun week, and hope you have a lovely time with family on Sunday. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Mel
      18/04/2014 / 10:18 pm

      We are all very excited about the family coming on Sunday! x Mel

  6. Karen Bell
    18/04/2014 / 6:42 pm

    Lovely easter idea. Hope you have a good easter #WoTW

    • Mel
      18/04/2014 / 10:21 pm

      Have a nice Easter as well, Karen! Mel

  7. Kim Carberry
    18/04/2014 / 7:17 pm

    What great fun!
    Happy Easter x

    • Mel
      18/04/2014 / 10:22 pm

      Thanks and Happy Easter to you, too! x Mel

  8. Super Busy Mum {Debs}
    18/04/2014 / 7:33 pm

    How great do these look! And what beautiful Easter-esk colours too! #PoCoLo

    • Mel
      18/04/2014 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks! Mel

  9. 18/04/2014 / 7:33 pm

    Now I understand the importance of how small those animals had to be ;-)) It looks fab as always ! Lucky children Xxx

    • Mel
      18/04/2014 / 7:58 pm

      Merci ma belle! So glad I spotted them at the zoo. They are seriously cute, and Jumpy spent a good twenty minutes (no moaning or throwing involved!) playing with the lion and the tiger yesterday. Guess who is getting them for Easter? x Mel

  10. Emma T (@ETusty)
    19/04/2014 / 8:11 pm

    Love this idea. Really nice, and creative for the children (as well as a surprise)

    • Mel
      19/04/2014 / 11:05 pm

      They loved putting the surprises together and choosing who would be getting what. Hours of fun! Mel

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