This is my all-time favourite recipe for play dough. It has just the right consistency and lasts for months of play.

I whipped up a batch today that goes perfectly with our unexpected Valentine’s Day theme that our learning and playing has taken on. (grrrrr, smile, shrug).

Playing with dough is so much more of a sensory experience than one thinks. Especially when you add colour and scent! This batch was 100% Aodhan’s. He selected the pink hue and the Rosemary infusion. Picking the scent was fun in itself because I asked him to sniff an array of essential oils I had on hand before making a decision.

So, without further adieu, here is my favourite recipe for play dough. Please make huge batches of it and play with it, share it and love it.


2 cups of flour
2 cups of warm water
1 cup of salt
2 TBS of vegetable oil
1 TBS of cream of tartar

10 – 20 drops of essential oil
1 tsp of food colouring (natural, gel or liquid)

How To

Mix together all of the ingredients (minus the oil and colour) in a pot and mix. Warm the dough on medium heat and cook until the dough starts to come off the sides and seems to be ‘hardening’ – this is a pretty good indication that the moisture has evaporated and you can go ahead and add your colour. Remove from heat and turn onto a flat surface. Give it a good squishing for 5 - 10 minutes and then add your oils.

I keep my playdough in glass containers either on Aodhan’s project table or in the pantry.

We used it for ‘baking’, play dough letters, and just plain old squashing!

This play dough also makes beautiful homemade gifts for little friends.

And look at how gorgeous my boy is! We had a little impromptu photo session yesterday while making some Heart Twig Trees (stay tuned) and I decided to turn them into a photo collage to print off and send to relatives and friends to remind them how much we love them.

I am happy to be linking up to these brilliant blogs:

Preschool Teacher
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7 Responses to Rosemary Infused Play Dough Tutorial

  1. Vicky says:

    We have never tried this kind of playdough. Bet it smells heavenly. I am a new pinterest follower visiting from Red Ted Art. Vicky from Mess For Less

  2. Oh, I bet this smells wonderful! I’ve pinned it on my play dough board.

  3. Oooh lovely idea to add Rosemary! I bet that smelt lovely!!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. Diana says:

    What a great idea! We made homemade play-do a lot during preschool, but it was the Koo-laid kind and it would lose it scent! Thanks for linking up at Thematic Thursday.

  5. Lori says:

    Wow, great idea. I am going to have get some oils now. I love it! Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  6. I love that you let him pick the color and scent! What an awesome mama you are! I think I need to let go a bit more and give Boogie some control over things like this. Thanks for linking up to WOTT!

  7. Katie says:

    Just a quick THANK YOU for linking up last week with Thrifty Thursday, and I hope to see you again this week! I have not tried this specific recipe yet I need to PIN this so I remember!

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