It's the second week of winter break, the mister is back at work after the Christmas holiday, and I'm trying to keep the 6 year old occupied while also taking care of our little guy. It's rainy. It's cold. We've been doing all the inside things.
Today, we made play dough.
I love play dough. I love that my almost seven year old enjoys it as much as she did as a toddler. It's a fun thing to make together, and the color possibilities are endless. If you've never made your own, you must! It is wonderfully easy to make and the texture will leave you questioning why you ever spent money on the store-bought stuff.
And, since certain someone has been a little stirred up (to put it mildly) I added in a few essential oils to bring a little bit of calm and focus to our day. We went with lavender, lemon, and the blend "Joy," but you can choose oils that appeal to you and your littles. Orange, peppermint, and Peace & Calming are on my to-make list. The has declared lemon her favorite.
Here's our recipe:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar (or allum)
1 cup water
1 TBS cooking oil
Food coloring of your choice (optional)
Essential oils of choice (optional)
In a medium saucepan, mix together flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Add in water, oil, and food coloring, and stir over medium heat (I find using a spatula works best). Continue stirring while the mixture thickens and continue to stir until the dough reaches the desired consistency. Scrape out of the pan and cool on waxed paper.
If your dough dried out a little too much, add a little water by poking a hole in the dough, pouring in a little water (a tsp at a time) and kneading together.
Use the same method to add the essential oils - with your finger, poke a hole in the dough and add a few drops of oil. Go slowly adding the oils! You can always add more, but if you add too much, the smell will be overpowering. With the lemon, we added about 10 drops, lavender about 7, and only a few of the "Joy" blend.
Feel free to knead in glitter if your little would like, and if you're confident they won't be sneaking bites of your dough!
** if you're new to essential oils and want more information on where to purchase them & how to get started, please email me at the address in my left sidebar. xo