Root Beer Vanilla Float Play Dough

Root Beer Vanilla Float Scented Play Dough

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Grab a barrel full of old-fashioned pop with the frothy, full-bodied textures of root beer and vanilla play dough! Remember A&W root beer floats as a kid? Today’s invitation to create with homemade scented play dough explores creamy textures, classic sensory play, and rich scented sweetness.

Root Beer Play Dough Recipe:

Vanilla Play Dough Recipe(same as above; omit root beer flavor & food coloring)

  • Vanilla Extract

Root Beer Play Materials:

Root Beer Vanilla Float Play Dough Play

A root beer float wouldn’t be a float without vanilla whip cream play dough.  Although it looks yummy enough to slurp down, please don’t! It’s all food ingredients, but not intended for eating purposes.

root beer vanilla scented play doughs


  1. In a heavy saucepan, mix together the flour, cream of tartar, and salt.
  2. Add the water and oil and place the saucepan over medium heat. Add root beer candy flavoring and food coloring or gel.  I wanted the brown to be very dark, so I added 1-2 drops of black food coloring.  Not necessary, but if using the brown gel or food coloring, it may be a little lighter.
  3. Stir continuously until the dough starts to thicken.  At 3 minutes it will still be runny; 6 minutes it will begin to stick to spoon and saucepan; continue stirring and pulling the dough off the sides of the pan; 8-9 minutes it will form into a tacky, slightly shiny ball. Once this happens, it’s ready.
  4. Remove from heat and let it cool on wax paper or foil for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to test the center of the dough to ensure it’s cool enough before giving it to children.
  5. Repeat for the vanilla play dough, omitting the food coloring and root beer candy flavoring.  Instead, just add vanilla extract.  Above is one batch of each flavor.

create and explore with scented play dough

Once your doughs are made, it’s time to explore and create! Simply, add ice cream scoopers, spoons, bowls, dough cutters and rollers, cake decorating tips (we omitted later), and mugs.  This is not a sponsored post.  But, aren’t these A&W root beer mugs fantastic?!

ice cream scoop with vanilla play dough

Add stripped paper straws and ice cream scoopers for a completely old-fashioned experience. The vanilla play dough severs as the ice cream and whip cream for the root beer floats.

making play dough whip cream topping

To make the whip cream swirl we used a Play-Doh EZ Molder.  No tools? Just roll it out like a worm and bend it.

root beer play dough with straws, rollers, and kid play tools

There’s endless possibilities for scenting play dough inexpensively with candy flavoring. The scents reminded me of frothy, delicious root beer floats! C began rolling out his root beer play dough using straws, ladles, and a whisk to explore.

making his play dough float

Barrels of fun, right? Homemade play dough is so easy to make and it’s a great sensory activity for kids. 

cutting root beer float drink strawsAdd some kid-scissors for cutting practice and fun.  C couldn’t get enough of the straws –big hit! He cut every straw and proceeded to make ‘sprinkles’ with them.

packing vanilla play dough in mugs

He loved the ice cream scoop too! The creamy texture and rush of vanilla really enhanced his play experience.

stirring root beer play dough

Who new paper straws would be so fun? Our simple and fragrant sensory dough creates a fun invitation to create and explore.  He’s really getting into doughs lately, so we’ll be experimenting with new scents!  

A&W mug with root beer and vanilla play dough

The play dough was so soft; it created textured swirl marked on the mugs.

childs root beer creation with homemade play dough

Here’s C’s final root beer vanilla float play dough creations! He ventured back in time to explore sensory and pretend play with the classic scents and frothy textures of root beer floats!

A&W mug root beer float play dough play

What’s your favorite childhood drink?

Root Beer Float Scented Play Dough in A&W Mugs

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37 thoughts on “Root Beer Vanilla Float Play Dough

  1. Jennifer says:

    Loving this — esp using the ice cream scoop and cutting up the straws. We actually made Root Beer Float cupcakes this week, so that gives you an idea of how much my little one is going to LOVE this playdough.


  2. Kim@This Ole Mom says:

    How adorable and looks real and delicious! I bet they smell good , too. You are so creative!
    Great job !! I know your little boy must have had lots of fun playing with this fun activity!
    Kim ~ This Ole Mom


  3. Jill says:

    This looks too fun!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


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