Calming Play-Dough Recipe (Using Essential Oils)

essential oil play doughWho doesn't love Play-Dough?  Why not bump it up a notch?  This week, the H, J, and I made a fun little project.  I searched the darkest corners of the internet in search for a great Play-Dough recipe that I could tweak to fit my needs - and I found a winner!

So, here's the deal, when I get home from work, I usually sit J in his kitchen booster seat at the island, and start up on dinner.  Sometimes he'll play with cups, sometimes, he'll eat; I'll take whatever I can get to distract him.  I wanted to give him something that will help his motor skills and keep him in a calm mood (instead of getting antsy, which he usually does when I'm cooking).  I decided to make him this awesome Play-Dough recipe and add lavender essential oil to 1) keep him calm and 2) keep him clean (it's anti-bacterial).

We have been using this recipe for a week, and it is still super soft and just like store bought, except better!


1 Cup Flour

1 Cup Water

1/4 Cup Salt

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

2 Teaspoons of Cream of Tartar (it's in the spice aisle, took forever for us to find it; "cream" threw us off)

Food Coloring

Couple drops of Lavender Essential Oil


1.  Pour all ingredients into a sauce pan.

2.  Stir until mixed well.

3.  Put on low heat and keep stirring until it forms a ball.

4.  Remove from heat and knead until it's ready.

Recipe from the blog, "We Love Being Moms!," I added to EO tweak.

The whole process took no more than 10 minutes, and it works great.  J plays with it at his booster seat while I cook and he always stops and sniffs it.  The lavender scent has really held up to.  It's just as strong as it was a week ago!

What I listened to while writing:

Two Step by Dave Matthews Band

Bartender by Dave Matthews Band

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments Get essential oils here - I use this brand! Aromatherapy Top 6 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Basic Sampler Essential Oil Gift Set- 6/10 Ml (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint)


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