Everyone loves Play Dough. It’s a classic activity for kids. The consistency is perfect for stress relief and is perfect for sensory play. The classic smell brings back amazing childhood memories. Sadly, like most things we grew up on, the stuff in the containers is less than natural. I’m all for buying kids toys and crafts (this blog is about finding time after all) but if you have some spare time and you’re looking for something fun to do with kids on a rainy day, try making your own play dough.
I’ve tried numerous recipes for playdough and I couldn’t find one that I love. So there was nothing else to do but tweek a few of them and make this my own. The kids have been so stir crazy that they needed some aromatherapy to help calm them down and relieve mommy stress!
NO COOK PLAY DOUGH WITH LAVENDER
Two cups all purpose flour
1.5 cups boiling water
1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp of cream of Tartar
10 drops of lavender essential oil
red and blue food coloring
(plastic gloves for mixing…optional)
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix in oil. Add food coloring to boiling water. Slowly pour in boiling water and mix as you go. You can then add the essential oil to the dough. Here is the important part. You have to knead the dough like any other dough. This is where having rubber gloves comes in handy. Mix until you like the consistency. It took about 3-5 minutes of kneading. It smelled AMAZING! It keeps for about six months in an air tight container.
The best part of this recipe is you can make it your own… change up the color and scent any way you want. You can use essential oils or extracts to make your own. We do peppermint for Christmas and cinnamon for fall! Let your kiddos help with the measuring and mixing of the dry goods (you’re in charge of the boiling water) to make it a fun family craft!