DIY Play Dough With Essential Oils


I have been feeling pretty under the weather for the last week and a half, but decided this afternoon that my toddler shouldn’t have to suffer and have no fun just because I don’t feel good!

Up until this point, I have worked part time from home while my little one is home with me. It’s been a great situation that I have been blessed with. Some days of course are easier than others, but that’s par for the course! Well that blessing will be coming to and end by the end if this month, and projects are slowing down so I have more time on my hands. Since I’ve been so busy the past two years working, I haven’t had the time to do all of the fun mommy stuff I did with my older children when they were young. I’ve been feeling a little guilty. So, making Play Dough seemed like a fun little project.

Brett loves to help in the kitchen cooking and measuring, so I let him join in the fun of helping to measure the ingredients.

Play Dough Ingredients Edited

I used a basic Play Dough recipe as follows:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 c. warm water
  • 1 d. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cream of tartar

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small pot and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles a mashed potato consistency. When the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the pot and is fairly thick, remove from the heat and allow to cool. This process literally takes a few minutes from start to finish, and voila! Homemade Play Dough!

While I didn’t venture into adding colors today, I did decide to add some essential oils to make it smell yummy! (As you see, essential oils aren’t just for health and wellness!) I chose to add about 15 drops of Lemon essential oil. You can choose whatever oil you like, and adjust the amount of drops to your liking. I chose a citrus oil for this dreary day! I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils for my family due to their quality and Seed to Seal process. For more information on essential oils check out the Essential Oils tab on this blog or my Young Living website

I think the Play Dough was a success! Brett seems to be enjoying. Now to just keep him from eating it and sticking it up his nose!


I hope you enjoy adding essential oils to this DIY Play Dough recipe and let your child enjoy the sensory experience!


About lauraleclair

The author of, Laura, is an essential oil lover, entrepreneur, and mom of three living with the auto immune disease Lichen Sclerosus. She writes about the ups and downs of every day life... real life!

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