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)
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.
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.