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  • Writer's pictureCai Dixon

Fragrant Playdough (Play-doh)

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

Playdough is easy and wonderfully satisfying to make at home. Children of all ages enjoy playing with it. Here’s a simple playdough recipe – you can customize with color and fragrance.

Making playdough at home ensures your children will not be exposed to unnecessary toxic ingredients found in commercial brands. (Boric acid, starch-based binders, retrogradiation inhibitors, lubricants, surfactants, preservatives, hardeners, humectants, petroleum additives…) Homemade means you do not have to worry if your child ingests a little. (Or a lot.)

Homemade also means your can easily replenish your playdough supply, provided your pantry is stocked with basic ingredients. (You might need to purchase the cream of tartar, but a small bottle lasts a long time.) I love open ended toys and activities like playdough. There is endless opportunity to use imagination. And it is so sensory rich - even more so if you add essential oils for fragrance!

You can add cookie cutters or other tools to spice things up. Playdough can be used in homeschool lessons, as an activity at a party or playdate. It's right up there with coloring for activities that are universally loved by children… with a similar calming, therapeutic quality. Find more inspiration on Pinterest!

Homemade Playdough Recipe:

1 Cup Flour

2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar

1/2 Cup Salt

1 Tablespoon Oil

1 Cup Boiling Water

Food Coloring (Optional)

Essential Oils (Optional)

1) Mix all ingredients except water.

2) Add water, stir, knead, adding more flour and salt to desired texture.

3) Add food coloring to divided dough for a rainbow of colors.

4) Add essential oil for desired fragrance.

Thanks to my neighbor, Alana, for the recipe and the models! If you need ideas for essential oils you can find her here.

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