I love a good homemade play dough recipe that is chemical free, uses things I have on hand AND serves a purpose outside of creativity.
This homemade play dough recipe does not call for cream of tartar and requires no cooking or boiling water. It does however use essential oils which is great aromatherapy.
The essential oil I used is Valor, but you could also use Peace and Calming or Lavender.
What I love about Valor is that it relieves anxiety, helps with insomnia and is great for helping with bad dreams.
This play dough is the perfect quiet play that allows kids to wind down before bed.
Let me show you how to make it.
- 4 c flour
- 2 c water
- 1 1/2 c salt
- 2 T vegetable oil
- some dye of your choice (I used the gel type from Wilton that I use for icing)
- 10 drops of Valor (you can buy essential oils online here)
- parchment paper, for kneading (optional)
- some extra flour, for kneading
In a large bowl add the flour and the salt.
Stir to combine.
In a small bowl or cup mix the water, the dye and the Valor essential oil.
Pour it over the flour mixture.
Add the vegetable oil now too.
Mix with a spoon until well combine.
Then take a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle with flour.
Dump the play dough onto the surface and knead and mix until no longer sticky.
Smell it. Oh, I love it.
My kids had a lot of fun with this.
Grab some toys and cookie cutters and just play.
Luke (8) took this picture. He was very proud of himself!
This is a great calming activity.
If you run a child care facility, this would be a great activity for kids who have separation anxiety when they are dropped off. I remember it always being so hard to drop off my oldest at preschool when he was little. The twins were the same way. This would be a great aromatherapy activity to bring peace and alleviate the anxiety.
Obviously it is perfect for us parents and homescoolers too!
Store it in a ziplock bag with all the air pushed out.
More Homemade Play Dough Recipes:
Looking to buy essential oils? You can buy the starter kit which comes with 11 bottles of oils Including the Valor for this play dough recipe, a diffuser and more! Here is how you can sign up to do this and/or buy essential oils online.