Kids love play dough. Play dough is one of those toys that no one can resist and it’s an amazing entertainment for the kids. It may start out with your little one making a playdough cookie, but before long mom is showing her how fun it is to turn the cookie into a pizza.
In the old days, we picked up a package of six colors and we told the kids over and over not to mix the colors and to peel it apart so you would still have six colors. Inevitably, there would come a tie when you reached for the playdough and found six plastic barrels of gray playdough. Somehow this did not bother the kids much. I mean what is wrong with a gray pizza? But mom would have none of that.
Somewhere around the tiMe that DIY people emerged from the shadows, a recipe for making playdough at home went into circulation. Mom’s chilled out when the colors got mixed because it was cheap and easy to replace it from your own kitchen.
Rainy days were the perfect tie to make up a batch of playdough. Kids loved helping and selecting colors. When the kids finished with it, it was easy enough to fill the old and empty playdough containers or an airtight container.
DIY mothers thought that it just couldn’t get better than this. But evolution has a way of, well, evolving. We entered into the age of technology. Two-year-olds would not sit on the potty chair unless they had Spongebob talking on mom’s smartphone. There were a lot of great things happening. Children were learning to say “Hello” in different languages and they were learning colors, and letters in record time.
With every good thing, comes a bad thing. Four-year-olds were able to unlock your smartphone, cast their favorite cartoons to play on the 52” television in the living rooms, but they still could not tie their shoes or brush their teeth alone.
Once again DIY people came to the rescue. They gently removed the IPad from the hands of screaming children and then they were given this colored mushy stuff. Kids being the remarkable little people they are, took the challenge. But mom realized something was different. Billy who was always in motion calmed down a bit. Mary who had the attention span of a gnat was playing along, and none of the dough smells like playdough.
The DIY mother had taken homemade playdough to the next level. The playdough that was calming Billy was made with a few drops of Lavender essential oil. A little peppermint , and lemon essential oil helps with focus and mental clarity.
We will share the recipe with you, but first, you need to know which essential oil brands provide the purest quality oils. You will also need to learn a bit about how each oil affects people.
Here we will give you few to get started with:
To reduce stress:
- Orange and Lavender
- Roman Chamomile
Great for playing outside – Bug bites, stings, and rashes
- Tea tree
- Roman chamomile
Essential Oil Playdough Recipe
- 2 Cups of Flour
- 2 Tbsp Oil (any kind of cooking oil, olive oil or coconut oi)
- 1/2 Cup of Salt
- 2 Tbsp Cream Of Tartar (You can find this on the spice aisle)
- 1 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
- 10 (+/-) essential oil of your choice add the dros until you get the level of scent you like
- Food coloring of your choice
Stir together your salt, flour, cream of tartar and oil in a big bowl.
Add the boiling water and keep stirring until it forms a dough. When it’s mixed pretty thoroughly and has had a chance to cool a bit, add the essential oil and food coloring.
Knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed into the dough. Be very careful. The mixture may be too warm to knead. Make sure you knead it first. It takes a while to get the colors mixed well, so they will have plenty of time to help. Store these in airtight containers. They last about a week, They will last longer if you store them in the refrigerator.
Recipe by Wendy Dessler
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