I am making a stress relief kit for Dancing Queen for her anxiety and I wanted to include some lavender scented playdough. The playdough makes a good sensory outlet for her and lavender is a soothing scent. I chose purple because purple is supposed to be the most calming colour and it also happens to be her favourite. It turned out really well.
Lavender Scented Playdough Recipe:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbsp. lavender or 3 drops lavender essential oil
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cups water
purple food colouring
glitter (optional – I used purple)
Mix the dry ingredients including the lavender together in a pot and stir in the oil, water and food colouring. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, being sure to scrape the sides and bottom. Cook until dough forms a ball. Remove from heat. Place it on a piece of wax paper. Knead. If you are adding glitter, add it in at this point. Let cool. Store in an airtight container or in a resealable bag.
If you’re not a fan of getting a sore arm from stirring the playdough, you can instead make it in a KitchenAid mixer. To use this method (which I highly recommend!), put the dry ingredients into the mixer. Add the oil and food colouring and begin mixing with the flat beater (the one for making dough). Add 2 cups of boiling water and continue to mix until a playdough texture is achieved.
Then take the dough out of the mixer and knead for one minute. If you’re adding glitter, add it at this stage and knead to combine it throughout the dough.
You can find more playdough recipes and sensory ideas in the Sensory Bins book.
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