Simple Scented Play Dough

Sometimes you just need a quiet activity to keep everyone busy and calm while you cook dinner, use the bathroom, hide in the pantry eating chocolate, etc. That's where this simple scented play dough recipe comes in handy.  It's easy to mix up, uses ingredients you probably already have lying around, and if you use lavender oil as the scent it will work it's calming magic!

simple play dough


2 cups of all purpose flour 

4 teaspoons of cream of tartar

3/4ths cup of salt

2 cups of warm water

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

5 + drops of food coloring (optional)

6 drops of lavender essential oil*


Add all ingredients to a large pot and stir constantly over medium heat.  When the dough thickens and begins to form a ball, remove from heat and let cool until you can knead it with your hands. Knead dough until smooth and store in an air tight container or bag (we like the Planet Wise zip top bags)


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