Below is a basic play dough recipe as well as recipes for sick day, calming, and uplifting play dough. These recipes are perfect for those rainy or sick days or when you want to calm active children but still keep them busy. Or if you just need to switch things up in your home or classroom. These recipes take only five minutes or less to make using ingredients in your kitchen! No cooking required 🙂
To make your own play dough you will need: (double up on the recipe for more play dough, or to create many batches of different kinds)
1 cup flour (sometimes more is needed in the end to thicken the dough)
1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar (found in the spice section)
3/4 cup hot water
Food coloring (optional)
Essential oils (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients together, except for the hot water. **For colored and/or scented play dough, add the desired amount of food coloring and/or essential oils to the hot water before pouring it in the dough mixture. Slowly pour and stir. Add more flour if it is too sticky, until you reach the desired thickness. The coconut oil really keeps it held together nicely. The cream of tartar helps naturally preserve the play dough, so that it may be stored in a container or bag for months.
For sick day playdough, add a few drops of Thieves essential oil. Read more about Thieves below.
For calming playdough, add a few drops of lavender essential oils. Read more about lavender below.
For uplifting playdough, add a few drops of Joy essential oil. Read more about Joy below.
Thieves is an essential oil blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary. I love the aroma and it supports the immune system. It is truly my favorite essential oil.
Lavender essential oil is calming and promotes restful sleep. The smell is wonderful too! It is very versatile and gentle with many benefits and uses.
Joy is an exotic essential oil blend of 10 different oils! They include bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, rosewood, lemon, mandarin, jasmine, roman chamomile, palmarose and rose. This oil promotes emotional well-being and alleviates that feeling of being blue as well as stress and tensions. The flowery, romantic smell is amazing!
Note – These essential oils are Young Living oils. Other brands may differ in purity, potency and uses/precautions.
**Disclaimer: These statements and the content on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or disease. Please be aware about their proper usage and precautions. Consult a medical professional for medical advice. Some essential oils are not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, children or those with medical issues or unusually sensitive skin. Some oils are also sensitive to sunlight. Use essential oils at your own risk. Use of recommendations is at the choice of the reader. This website is not intended to substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. This is an educational website. Posts on this website are based off of personal experiences only. I am not a doctor and cannot prescribe oils. I cannot diagnose, treat or cure you.