Easy, Natural, Calming Play Dough

Ready for an EASY, natural, scented play dough?! Best part, I bet you have all these ingredients in your pantry. My kids love to play with play dough but I never seem to have any! So when my five year old asked for play dough, we decided to look online for some recipes. I kept running into a problem: cream of tartar. Do you keep this in your house? Maybe I should, but I have never bought this before! It seemed like the recipes that had cream of tartar made the play dough last for months and the kind that didn’t said it would only last days. So I looked for substitutes for cream of tartar and found you can double the amount with white vinegar, which I always have for cleaning! We made our own version and here it is!

INGREDIENTS:

1 CUP FLOUR
1 CUP WATER
1/3 CUP SALT
4 TSP WHITE VINEGAR
1 TBL VEGTABLE OIL
8 DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OIL (optional)
FOOD COLORING (we used neon food coloring)
GLITTER (optional)

STEP ONE:

Put your flour, water, salt, vinegar and oil into a bowl and mix well. Once mixed, add in your choice of essential oil; I chose lavender. This will help eliminate the vinegar smell and add a calming scent! Mix well again. The play dough will be a liquid consistency.

STEP TWO:

Pour 1/3 of your mixture into a saucepan and turn your stove on low-medium heat. Immediately put a few drops of food coloring (and glitter if you want it) in and mix! You have to do this while it’s still a liquid consistency  because once the pan heats up, it thickens fast. Keep stirring until it is thoroughly mixed and is a play dough consistency! It should only take a couple minutes.
*Note: the first time we did this I didn’t put the food coloring in right away and it was difficult to get it mixed all the way. I ended up adding a little bit of water to the heated pan and kept mixing. It still was too sticky so I took the play dough out of the pan and rolled it in flour until it was the right consistency. So don’t fear, you can redeem yourself if you aren’t quick enough!

STEP THREE:

This recipe yielded 12 oz of play dough total, and since we cut it into thirds to add different colors it yielded 4 oz per color. We doubled the recipe to have 6 colors of play dough… because who can’t resist a rainbow?! So pleasing to the eye. I chose to store it in my favorite4 oz. Ball canning jars. You can store it in any sealed glass container. I used these chalkboard labels to put on the lid so I could label them by color. Now enjoy this colorful, natural, calming creation! Use it for your kids, in your classroom, in your school counseling office, or for yourself as a stress reliever!

I put the play dough in the playroom, which is currently being updated! A playroom reveal post will come soon!

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