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Calming Lavender Playdough

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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Calming Lavender Playdough

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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.

how to make lavender playdough

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.

Calming Lavender Playdough sensory activity for kids

More Scented Playdough Recipes

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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




  1. Judy Williams
    1st December 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I am hoping to make this with a group of tweens in a grief support group. I will be ordering lavender buds. I have two questions. 1.) How much dough does this recipe make? I have 8 kids in group. and would like them each to have about about 1 cup worth.
    2.) How much lavender would you recommend that I order? I can buy it by the lb., but have no idea how large that quantity amounts to. How much (cups, tablespoons, etc) would you recommend per batch?

    • 7th December 2016 / 9:50 am

      Hi Judy, I’m not sure how much exactly this made as I did it a little while ago – the quantities were for one person though and it was a small handful (maybe a few tablespoons?) of lavender in each one. I hope your group find it helpful x

    • 13th July 2017 / 10:22 pm

      I just got done making a huge batch for a health fair. I quadrupled the recipe and came out with about 10 cups or so. I used 3 cups of lavender buds. I also added some lavender EO to give it a little boost, and I used baby oil instead of olive oil. It smells great and it made my hands feel soft. Good luck with your group!

  2. vicky
    28th May 2017 / 8:27 am

    Hi, how long does this playdough keep? I’d like to make some in advance to give away at a childrens’ party…

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