Kid Safe DIY Play Dough
So there I was staring blindly into the craft supply cabinet. Another cold wet rainy day and nothing planned to keep my kiddo occupied. I was desperate to find something that would hold his attention for more than 10 minutes, but what could I do?
I certainly didn’t want to run out in the wet dreary weather to pick up missing crafts supplies for some random project! I had to think of something that I could do with what I had on hand! Then it hit me! Playdough time!
So why play dough? When you make playdough with your kids you are creating a little bit of magic. They get to see all the ingredients come together to create something that they truly enjoy, something that will keep their attention much longer than 10 minutes. You are also creating memories that will last a lifetime!
I added essential oils to this recipe to just kick it up a notch, but note that it is totally optional and will work fine with or without oils. Here is a quick rundown of some oils that you can use.
Lavender – for calming
Wild Orange – for awakening the senses
Lemon – for a fun fresh scent
Homemade Aromatherapy Play Dough
Can also be called “Under the Weather Play Dough” depending on your oils you add
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup of water
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil (any kind of oil will work!)
- Food coloring
- 6-8 drops of essential oils of your choice
- In a saucepan, stir the flour, salt, and cream of tartar together.
- Add in the water, cooking oil, and food coloring and mix until smooth.
- Turn on the heat to medium-low, and stir until the mixture forms a ball.
- Once the mixture has reached play dough-consistency, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for 3-4 minutes.
- Knead in the essential oils of your choice. ( I poked a hole in the center, dropped in the oils and it mixed very easily)
- Store in an air-tight container. (Storing it in the fridge will make it last even longer!)
Feel free to use the form below to find out what oils I recommend for using around children. 🙂
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