Basic Play Dough recipe
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
4 tablespoons of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of coconut oil (this smells so good and it’s conditioning!)
1&1/2 cups of boiling water
Food coloring (I used Wilton gel colors)
Glitter (I got the fine pink glitter from Target’s dollar section)
Essential oils (always make sure it’s safe for the little ones!) I used 2-4 drops
In a large bowl combine all of your dry ingredients, including the glitter. Boil your water and then combine into the dry mix. Do not add oils until later!!! We don’t want to damage the oil and take away the benefits. Wait until the dough is cooled and then add your oil. Again make sure your oil is safe for the age of the child or children you are making the playdough for. Consult with your healthcare practitioner. When cooled and oils are kneaded in then it is ready to use! Don’t forget to put it in a bag when all through or an empty container. Gelato containers are the perfect size for this, this recipe takes up two of the containers. I will update soon with a picture of the gelato.
The group of toddlers I work with love this playdough so much they ask me multiple times through the day to bring out the “playbow” and it keeps them busy for 30 minutes and sometimes longer. That’s a huge deal for 1-2 year olds!
You can make this basic recipe and it’s awesome, but the glitter and oils are what really bring it to the next level! I personally use Young Living oils because I can trust that they really are 100% pure (everyone adds that claim to their bottle but it doesn’t mean it’s true). I always make sure that what I am using is safe for these little ones. For my valentines play dough I added white Angelica, one of my favorite blends.
So far I have made a lavender play dough which I added dried lavender along with the essential oils, tangerine oil, pine oil (we were doing a tree unit that week), peppermint (for candy cane play Dough!), and the white Angelica. I can’t wait to try more oils in my playdough. The kids got a full sensory experience with these because the smell is amazing and calming and of course they tasted it a lot. Yuck!
I will have to update this post soon with pictures of my other oily playdoughs, I don’t know why I didn’t snap a picture!
P.s. this recipe works better than the name brand in the Playdoh Ice cream maker my son has