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Scented playdough {101 Days of Christmas}

Scented Playdough

This scented playdough is a great stocking stuffer, and my girls have already asked me to make them some for their stockings…even though they’ve been playing with this batch already.

Homemade playdough is also surprisingly easy to make, and the addition of kid-safe essential oils offers not just a fun experience for their senses. Still, it can also have some therapeutic properties as well. For example, you could add Plant Therapy’s A+ Attention for use during a break from school work or homework to help them come back and focus on the work at hand or Calming the Child for use during quiet play.

Or you could use individual essential oils in separate batches (for example, a couple of the fresh and energizing EOs listed as ingredients in the Go Go Go synergy) and let kids combine different colors and scents as they play!

Plant Therapy Kid-Safe Essential Oils


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt*
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • food coloring
  • 6-8 drops of essential oil

*I used sea salt, which is what the specks in the dough are from; use refined table salt if you want a smoother color.


Combine the first six ingredients and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Note: Every time I make this, I think I’ve ruined it because it gets thick and “overcooked” before it turns to playdough. Just keep stirring and trust that it will come together!

Turn off the heat when the dough pulls away from the sides and forms a ball.

Let cool for a couple of minutes before kneading the essential oil of your choice into the dough.

Package in little jars or containers for stockings!

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