Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Homemade Holiday Peppermint Playdough

I thought it would be fun to make some homemade peppermint play dough for Noah to enjoy during the holidays. He has never played with play dough before and he sometimes does not like sticky things on his hands, so I was not sure how he would like it. To my surprise, he really loved it and was engaged in his play for almost 20 minutes!:)

I found a few different recipes for homemade play dough online and combined them to create my own. I added a few drops of peppermint EO to the dough to make it fragrant, and boy was it nice and festive! I will definitely be making this dough again with different scents and varieties. Note: This recipe is not intended to be eaten. It is VERY salty.

Here is the recipe I followed:

Mix together 2 cups flour (I used a gluten free flour just in case he decided to have a sample), 1/2 cup of salt and 2 teaspoons cream of tartar. 

Add 1 tablespoon of oil and mix together.

Add 1 cup of boiling water and mix til smooth and all the lumps are gone.

Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice (I used peppermint EO this time) and food coloring if you choose (I used green to make it festive, and Noah so far always chooses green when I give him the choice).

Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky or not as sticky. 

This dough keeps in an airtight container in the fridge indefinitely (or so they say;). We will see how long ours lasts!

Then let you child have fun playing with the homemade dough! I let Noah free explore with it at first, and then I gave him some small holiday cookie cutters and let him use the cookie cutters to make "holiday cookies" with his dough. He had so much fun with this activity and really liked the way it smelled too!

Hope your little one enjoys it too!

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