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Here’s a family fun night idea… Homemade play-doh. Really – it’s pretty simple, and really fun for the kids!
The other night, we made homemade play-doh with flour, vegetable oil, cream of tartar, salt, and boiling water. Yes- it’s really that simple!
Mix it all together (exact recipe shown below) and add 10-20 drops of Lavender essential oil and food coloring of choice – we actually crushed up blueberries and mixed them up to make the purple color of the play-doh. So this batch is completely natural, and calming.
As natural minded mamas, we like to stick to what comes from nature as much as possible. Good news is, that is easy and simple to do – even with DIY crafts like this play-doh.
You can use different fruits for different natural colors for the play-doh, and also use different kid safe (2+) essential oils for various effects—-
Like cedarwood– for respiratory support, tangerine– for a queasy stomach, or lavender– for calm mood… I used lavender for this batch – it goes well with the purple color the blueberries gave – and is always a go-to choice for kids; Lavender is very calming and kid-safe (ages 2+), and makes this a fun easy sensory project for the evenings as your family calms down before bed.
Since making this play-doh, my toddler has been molding all sorts of things nonstop! It’s rewarding to be able to play with and enjoy the fruits of your labor – so making the play-doh, then creating all sorts of snakes, superheroes, and shapes with it, is good news all around for kids.
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~Katherine Newsom writes at Simple Natural Mama
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