Sunday, 26 July 2009

Home made scented play dough

One of the things that my boys adore is play dough, especially the youngest MiniMad, but it all tends to end up in one miss mass of colours, so I make a batch of home made every three months of sooner, depending how long it is before they want more than one colour.
Since they no longer try to eat it I have started to add essential oils to the mixture, which takes the whole experience of play dough to a different level.
It is so easy and inexpensive to make
1 and half cups (1 cup is 250ml) of salt
3 cups of warm water
3 cups of plain flour
3 tablespoons of oil
6 teaspoons of cream of tartar
Food colouring
Essential oils
  1. add the salt and water to a large pan and wait for the salt to melt
  2. add the flour, oil and cream of tartar and heat over a medium heat, stirring continuously until it starts to pull away from the sides
  3. Tip out the dough and need for about 2 mins
  4. Split the dough in to smaller amounts and add food colouring and essential oil

This keeps in an airtight container for about three months


nath said...

this is great. i will try it myself. Iris has mashed up all the play-dough into a muddy yucky splodge. what essential oils do you favour? i'm guessing lavender?!

Jen Walshaw said...

Hi Nath, thanks for stopping by. We use different oils for different colours -Lavender, Neroli, geranium, camomile. MiniMad is a masher too!

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