Homemade Aromatherapy Play-doh
Making play-doh at home is surprisingly simple! And it’s much cheaper than the stuff you buy at the store, too. We are big fans of play-doh in our house. The carpet often takes the brunt of it, but it’s worth it! (It scrubs out–and the homemade version is easier to clean up than the store-bought version.)
There’s another added bonus in making your own dough: you get to make whatever the heck you want!
Since learning more about Sensory Processing Disorder and working on finding some activities to help my oldest son, I decided to try my hand at some homemade aromatherapy play-doh. But we didn’t stop with pretty smells…oh no! I wanted my play-doh to SPARKLE!
I’ve experimented with a few different recipes for play-doh, and this one is my favorite. It’s easy, it’s squishy and it lasts for months (or longer).
Here’s what you need:
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups flour
- 2 cups salt (there are lower sodium recipes, but while they had nice texture, they got moldy within a week in our humid Seattle climate)
- 4 tbsp. cream of tartar
- 6 tbsp. oil (I use vegetable oil)
- 2-4 tbsp. glitter in your choice of colors
- Purple food coloring (I love the Wilton gel colors — they give a much more vibrant color than the cheaper drops)
- Lavender essential oil (I picked up some locally made oil at Pikes Market that is fantastic, but any essential oil will work. I added about 1/2 tsp to the play-doh. The amount of oil you will need will depend on the quality of your oil)
- Stir together water, lavender oil, food coloring and glitter to a large pan.
- Add flour, salt, oil and cream of tartar and stir together.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it’s stiff. It’s going to be lumpy and look disgusting. But that’s okay. Keep going.
- Put the dough into a bowl or on the counter (no sense in dirtying an extra bowl) and knead until soft and smooth.
And that’s it!
Variations: You can experiment with oils and colors. Peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, or even oregano or thyme would be nice to play with. Get creative.
Ta-da! It smells pretty AND it sparkles! Give it a try. Let me know what you think! Oh, and I’d love to hear if you come up with any clever scent ideas, too Comment and let me know.