Lavender Scented Playdough

One of my Favorite blogs TinkerLab has created another fun Challenge. We participated in the last challenge which was to make something with egg cartons so we made a Jellyfish Forest out of an egg carton. This time the TinkerLab Challenge is to do something with flowers!


We love flowers. We love picking flowers and investigating what they are.

We love wearing flowers!

We even go to the Carlsbad Flower Fields every year. Just to see all the beautiful flowers.

But I think by far our favorite thing to do with flowers is to make playdough. And one of our favorite flowers to do this with is Lavender.

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups water
red and blue food coloring (or purple)
lavender essential oil
dried lavender buds (optional)

Directions
1. Put flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a bowl and mix.
2. Mix water and food coloring/ liquid watercolors in another bowl
3. Mix dry and wet ingredients together.
4. Put mixture in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir constantly.
5. Remove from pan When it starts to thicken, and becomes a soft dough
6. Put the ball of dough on a lightly floured counter top surface. Let cool for a minute. Make a well in the middle of the ball and place 15-20 drops essential oil in the middle and add about 1/4 cup (or more) lavender buds (optional). Fold ball over itself, dust top with flour and knead. Let ball cool and store in a plastic container or zip top bag.

For a list of all my Playdough recipes check HERE

Variation: Use different flowers i.e. Roses, carnations, etc. change the color and scent to match.


Get your ingredients ready

We picked our own lavender and dried it ourselves by hanging it upside down

We mixed our dry ingredients

And then mixed our wet ingredients and then added them to the dry to stir

While the playdough was cooking we pulled the buds from the lavender sprigs we picked

Once the playdough was cooked we dropped in small Lavender essential oil

And then our lavender buds

We the pinched and pulled, and rolled and squished

Until all the buds and oil were evenly distributed among the playdough

We reserved some extra sprigs of Lavender to help us decorate and play with our lavender

Mikey decided to make a lavender forest

and then he decided the forest needed a river so we got out some glass beads

and he made a river

He also practiced making balls and stacking his playdough

And then he realized that by pushing in the whole sprig it made imprints!

Do you have a flower project you would like to share? Link up below

Playdough Feet

Mikey and Kaia love foot exploration so I thought why not have rainbow playdough foot exploration

Aren’t their feet so cute

They are not the only one’s who love foot exploration

Playdough choo choo train

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Sensory Table: Moon Sand / Cloud Dough Recipe

Moonsand
Moon Sand is super easy to make

Recipe #1

Ingredients:
9 cups Flour
1 1/4 cup baby oil

Variation: To make colored Moon Sand
We added 1/8 of a cup of Powdered Tempera Paint to the above recipe split into three so per 3 cups flour add 1/8 cup powdered tempera mix well and then add baby oil.

Variation 2: Make it Smelly
Add 1/8 of a cup of cocoa powder to make it smell chocolatey! Or add some Food flavoring extracts like banana, raspberry, strawberry etc. What ever you have! Or you can add koolaid! I add 2 to 3 packs per 1/3 of this recipe so you can create three different colors/ scents with one batch just split into thirds.

Variation 3: Make it Sparkle
Add some glitter to your Moon Sand to make it sparkle

Variation 4: Make it Cold
Put your Moon Sand in the freezer for a chilly sensory experience. This is great for summer time fun!
Directions:Mix and enjoy!

Recipe #2

This recipe has a different consistency then the store bought. It is a lot of fun let me know if you give it a try

4 cups sand
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup of water

Mix and Enjoy

Recipe #3

This recipe gives it a bright white color making it look more like snow!

4 cups cornstarch
3/4 to 1 cup vegetable oil
Make it Sparkle
Add some glitter to your Moon Sand to make it sparkle

Recipe #4
1Box cornstarch
1 Can shaving cream

Mix until shaving cream is combined completely with cornstarch









Pictures from Recipe Number 3

Pictures from Recipe Number 1 Chocolate Variation
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Scented Playdough

Scented Play Dough

(This quantity makes 1 batch so double, triple etc for how many batches you would like…I did this recipe times 6 to make all the colors and scents you see below)

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup of salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
Food coloring
Food extracts
1 cup plain flour, sifted.plus more set aside to make desired consistency

Directions:

1. Combine the Flour, water, oil, salt, cream of tartar and food coloring in a bowl.
2. Move to a saucepan and heat until warm, stirring constantly, until the play dough starts to form peaks
2. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
3. Knead until smooth.
4. Add two drops or more of extract. Until you get the scent you like.
5. Continue to knead and work the extract into the dough

For example:

* Red Playdough we used Cinnamon extract
* Orange we used orange extract
* yellow we used lemon extract
* Green we used mint extract
* Blue we used vanilla
* Purple we used Anise (it smells like licorice) grape would have been perfect though
* Pink we used strawberry extract

I also use Wilton gel food coloring it gives the playdough a brighter richer color

6. Store the playdough in an airtight container or a resealable bag.
7. Enjoy!

For a List of ALL my Play dough recipes visit HERE


Pumpkin Bread Dough (non-edible)

Materials Needed:
Pumpkin Bread Mix (1 package)
1 1/2 cups salt
6 tsp cream of tartar
2 cups flour
3 cups water
6 TBS oil
Directions:
1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Add the oil and water.
3. Stir quickly, mixing well over Medium heat.
4. Once the dough starts making stiff peaks remove from heat and let cool.
5. Knead until smooth.

For a List of ALL my Playdough recipes visit HERE