My heart fills up whenever I am creating with my son. I was raised by an extremely talented artist of a mother and we always had materials for crafts in the home. Fimo Clay to make tiny figurings of our imagination, construction paper to build 3D playgrounds for our paper dolls, paints of every color to perfect our school projects. Crafting is a passion of mine and I want to pass that down to our kids.
So when it comes to playdough, why not make it, and make it better!
Paxton is 4 and loves to squish and squash playdough through his fingers, make snakes and boulders and build burgers to pretend to feed us. I love feeding his imagination. Tonight he asked if we could make purple playdough, and so we did….kinda grayish playdough… but the color is not whats important! (Purple Fail)
As with most things in our life, and this blog, I look for ways to incorporate the goodness of essential oils. Playdough is a great medium to add oils to. The batch I made included 10 drops of EOs, 7 Thieves and 3 Peppermint. This blend will put you in the Christmas spirit all while fighting off those nasty germs on your toddler’s hands. Both of these oils are included in the Premium Starter Kit.
1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium saucepan
2. Add all of your wet ingredients in
3. Put the pan over medium to low heat and continuously stir with a large spoon until it clumps around your spoon in the right “playdough” consistency (sorry really no other way to describe that…)
3.5. If you plan on making the entire batch one color, then go ahead and add your dye to the saucepan while you are stirring. It makes for a much easier time mixing it in. If you want to make several different colors, then wait and mix in after you have separated out your dough.
4. Lay the dough on wax or parchment paper and knead out any clumps that may be in there.
5. Add the essential oils of your choice, about 10 drops to preference.
**It’s better to add in the essential oils after the dough has cooled, as heat burns off the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
Here are a few suggestions from the Starter Kit:
Purple Playdough – Lavender (I made this one for Pax’s classroom)
Blue Playdough – Stress Away
Yellow Playdough – Lemon
Red Playdough – Thieves and Peppermint (Christmas blend)
Green Playdough – Peppermint
Orange Playdough – Citrus Fresh
This is a great activity to do with your family members while you gather this holiday season. Keep the little ones busy as they help you make the dough, and then for hours playing afterwards!