How to make Play Dough

It's almost Easter! Are your kids excited about the Easter bunny? Since my son was born, my sister in law dresses up as the Easter Bunny. When she arrives, he warms up quick. Almost like he knows the Bunny but can pin point the nonhumaness. Is that a word? Normally, I'm in tears from laughter from watching the whole episode. Why? Because it's hilarious. But my son, he ADORES the bunny. Sorry Santa, I know he'll come around. He loves you too.

This week though, my son has been so ecstatic about Easter eggs. His pre-school is having an Easter egg hunt and we volunteered to fill up 2 dozen eggs for his class. His school requested, no nuts and no candy. So we made play dough! Zero dollars and had a ton of leftover eggs from last year. 

So he rolled up some lemony, sparkly play dough, placed each one in a bag and stuffed the eggs. He did all the work.

Here's our favorite Play Dough Recipe if you're into making it yourself... it's fun and your kids will totally dig it! From start to finish.

In a saucepan:

  • Add 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar (or alum)
  • Mix first, turn burner on to medium heat
  • Add 1 cup of water, food coloring of choice, heavy sprinkles of glitter and 1 tbs of cooking oil (we use olive or coconut oil)
  • Mix
  • Stir while cooking
  • Once the play dough has formed a soft dough ball, remove from heat.
  • Turn onto the counter and knead
*Add 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice AFTER the cooking process. In the past we've used peppermint, orange & lavender. Today we used: 

Lemon oil
  • promotes clarity of thought
  • invigorating
  • immune stimulant
  • antidepressant
I just poke little dents in the dough with my finger and drop the oil into the dents and then knead the dough before play.

"Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than any other channel" ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

We hope your kids will enjoy making some dough and stimulating their senses!

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