I remember when I was a little girl my mum used to make me home made play dough and it would keep me entertained for hours.
My mum is from the Philippines and when she was younger they had a family business in making Ube, a popular dessert made out of purple yams.
She is the best at decorating ube and making it into flowers and fishes and I used to copy her and make my own out of play dough.
It’s no surprise to me that Zara is obsessed with play dough and so I’ve started making my own. I’m definitely not the Pinterest mum I always thought I would be but I’m trying and making this was so easy!
The other day I made a lavender and chamomile scented play dough for Zara and she loves it. It smells absolutely dreamy and felt really therapeutic when we were playing with it. I had quite a few people ask me for the recipe so I thought I’d share. I actually found the basic recipe from searching google but have tweaked it to make it softer as I found that the play dough was hard to work with. There are lots of ways to play with play dough. It’s sensory play and your little ones can run wild with their imaginations.
LAVENDER AND CHAMOMILE PLAY DOUGH RECIPE
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup of salt
- A few drops of lavender ad chamomile essential oils
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
- 1 and a 1/2 cups of hot water
- 3 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin (you can get this in boots and also any vape shops)
- Add all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl
- Add the sunflower and essential oils
- Pour in the water until you get the consistency you want
- Mix it all up
- Knead it until it’s stretchy and has a little bit of shine to it.
- Ta dah home made play dough ready for hours of fun!
Zara had requested pink play dough so I’ve just made another batch for her. A lovely bright pink colour and I used tea tree and lemon essential oils and also food colouring.
The recipe is the same as above except I swapped the lavender and chamomile for tea tree and lemon and mixed a few tea spoons of food colouring into the hot water before I added it to the dry ingredients.
The essential oils I’ve been using are the ones we use on our cheeky wipes! Click here if you want to read our review for cheeky Wipes reusable wipes.
I want to make some red rose scented play dough for Valentine’s Day next!
Can you guess how long it took for the colours to get mixed together?
I hope you enjoy using my recipe for play dough and have as much fun as we do!