Looking for a fun activity to do with your kids using natural products and essential oils? Try making playdoh! It is an easy afternoon play time and the results smell amazing. Here is a recipe we tried this Christmas. It works with any oil scent, so try it with lavender, lemon, peppermint and more!
No-Cook Christmas Playdoh Recipe
** Updated 12/9 with revised recipes that ensure only kid-safe oils end up on little hands! **
We were out of playdoh, so I decided to whip up a few quick batches. Here’s my recipe:
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
- Food coloring
- 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- Essential oils and other ingredients (see below for details)
- Glitter (optional, but awesome)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Start with 2 cups flour. You can add more a little at a time later if needed. It should not be sticky! Once it’s too hard to stir, knead it by hand. Note: if your dough is sticky the next day, consider adding a little more oil or tartar net time. Experiment to find the right combination for the humidity in your area. Store in a ziplock or airtight container, and it should last up to 6 months.
Food coloring: Use gel for the brightest colors, although liquid food coloring works well. I often use koolaid packets but that will alter your essential oils scent in this case.
If you’d prefer natural coloring, consider real foods or spices. See below for some options. Just remember to boil the foods for 10 minutes and then simmer for 20 more to prevent mold and bacteria issues. Usually natural coloring will not be as bright, but that’s ok.
Give your home a lovely scent of Thanksgiving and Christmas by diffusing the blends from the Holiday Kit from RMO!
Christmas Playdoh Variations
- Ginger Spice: Add 1 tsp of cinnamon, 2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp clove, and optionally 5-10 drops of Orange oil. A lovely brown color and gingerbread scent.
- Orange Spice: Add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 5-10 drops of Orange oil. Add orange food coloring or 1 tsp paprika.
- Christmas Tree: Add 5 drops Pine (Pinus sylvestris) oil and 5 drops Spruce for a great Christmas tree scent! Add green food coloring or boil your water with spinach or kale before straining and mixing with other ingredients.
- Candy Cane: Add 5 drops Spearmint oil and 1 tsp vanilla extract or 3-5 drops Vanilla oil. This recipe is especially fun with glitter! It’s hard to tell from the picture above, but a heaping tablespoon of white glitter made it sparkle beautifully as the kids were playing with it, and the glitter doesn’t come off easily on little hands and table. Add red food coloring until you have the hue you want. Alternatively, boil your water with shredded beets or cranberries and then strain before mixing with the other ingredients.