We love playdoh in this house!
- it’s the perfect rainy day activity
- it encourages quiet time
- it gets your kiddos creative
- it costs very little
- it’s so simple to make
- it’s customisable
I wanted a fun way to incorporate essential oils into our everyday play time and after scouring pinterest I stumbled upon some recipes for aromatherapy playdoh – the perfect relaxing and creative activity for my kids on a rainy afternoon at home.
2 cups plain flour | 2 cups warm water | 1 cup table salt | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
To make a batch, start by mixing all your ingredients together in a pan over a medium heat. Stir continuously until a ball of dough forms. Keep going until it’s soft and flexible but not sticky. Separate into 4 equal parts and roll into balls. Push your thumb half way into each ball and add 4-6 drops of your favourite essential oil. Check that the oil is safe for children.
For our aromatherapy playdoh I chose:
Lavender oil: Such a versatile oil, I use this in the kid’s bath every evening. It’s calming, soothing, relaxing and great for minor cuts, scrapes or burns
Peppermint oil: My freshen up feelin’ oil. Great for clearing the head and waking up your senses. Peppermint is a such a reviving oil
Lemon oil: Packed with antioxidants and smelling of summers in Italy this is one of my favourite oils for health, wellness and creating a positive mood
Orange oil: An uplifting little oil with the most yummy scent. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and an antiseptic if you need more reasons to love it
As well as dropping the oils into the well in each ball of playdoh you can add all natural food colouring, glitter, fresh herbs or flower heads and petals.
Useful tools for extending playdoh fun
You don’t need any fancy tools for this activity but I would recommend a kid’s rolling pin, a child friendly knife and scissor set for cutting up pieces and some cookie cutter shapes
Essential oils leech toxins out of plastic so store your aromatherapy playdoh in an air tight glass preserving jar to help keep it moist. Do not wrap in clingfilm or store in a plastic container.