Do you kids go slightly crazy during the school holidays? Mine do, they love having the opportunity to do lots of fun stuff but the change in routine can really get to them too and after a little while they can get a little…wild. After we returned from the park last week and they turned into The Loudest Kids On The Planet I got them to make this lavender playdough. They were happy because they got to make something fun and they love playdough, I was happy because it worked and they actually calmed down for a while. Result.
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2 Cups of Plain Flour
1/2 Cup of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
1 – 1 1/4 Cups Boiling Water
How To Make Lavender Playdough
Add all the ingredients into a bowl, adding the water last bit by bit so that you get the right consistency. If our playdough is too wet I normally just add a bit more plain flour and this normally sorts it out. I had rather thought that this would be an activity that I would just do with my son but when my one year old daughter saw us nipping out into the garden to grab some lavender off a plant she became determined to be involved. Obviously if you are doing this with small kids or that like to put things in their mouths then you are going to have to be a bit vigilant here. This much salt is not good for kids eat and boiling water is involved, I’m sure you know these things but I’ve been sleep deprived too so I like to remind people! If you don’t have a lavender plant yourself you can buy dried lavender flowers to use.
Because both kids wanted to make this together I decided to put the bowl on the kitchen floor. You would be right to question my sanity but actually it only took a couple of minutes and a few baby wipes to clean up the mess.
Both kids loved putting the flowers into the dough. I’m of the belief that anything that’s slightly naughty is a winner with kids, they aren’t normally allowed to pull flowers off of plants so this was appealing to them! Due to the whole bowl-on-floor-flour-everywhere issue I didn’t worry about getting the perfect consistency, the smell and interesting texture was enough to keep them busy.
As with most playdough activities this eventually descended into them burying Batman in the dough and having to rescue him, but it kept them busy for nearly an hour during which time I managed to calm down a bit too. Phew.
More Scented Playdough Recipes
Chocolate playdough from Crafts on Sea
Apple scented playdough from Buddy and Buggy
Zesty lemon playdough from Crafts on Sea
Rose scented play dough from Crafts on Sea
Pumpkin pie playdough from Your Modern Family
Gingerbread latte playdough from Crafts on Sea
Honey playdough from Teaching Mama
Jellybean playdough from Lemon Lime Adventures
Vanilla mint playdough from Mama Papa Bubba
Peanut butter playdough from Kids Activities Blog