Thankfully my little boys time spent enjoying his play dough has gotten longer and longer this Winter .. and with that a bit more free time for the mom! A few years ago I started going Pinterest happy and perusing all of the fun ideas for activities to do with my son. I learned lots of lessons and had lots of epic activity/craft fails and wasted alot of time in those days Ha!
.. but now that my little boy is in his fourth year and this naive mama is just a teensy bit wiser I have found some real gem ideas that actually work well in our families playtime activities!
As I try to make an effort to instill an appreciation of vegetables, fruits and the family meal into my sons playtime
.. I came across this excellent Pin sharing all of the lovely scents that could be incorporated into his play dough time: curry, tumeric, paprika, rosemary and so many more .. herbs .. spices .. such endless possibilities!
My lovely neighbor started me early on with her homemade cinnamon & vanilla playdough and I was hooked! But when I came across this idea it was so perfect to just go a step further from the comfort smell of cinnamon to also get those important lovely earthy herb & spice smells into my little guys senses in a fun and approachable way.
This particular day I chose to do a green Oregano play dough & a teal [i know i should have done yellow but i was in the crazy mood for teal] Lemon play dough. For dried herbs I have found that grinding them in our spice grinder -actually an old Starbucks coffee grinder- into a powder intensifies the smell and keeps the playdough from becoming a 'scratchy' texture. If I use citrus shred the soft skins on a box grater to mix into the playdough.
Homemade Playdough has proven to be the best way to incorporate lovely scents being that store bought playdough is scented already with its "playdough" smell -which I do love and find comforting and nostalgic- but for the purpose of
keeping the true scent ..
..this is my favorite recipe
.. it has a lot less salt than most homemade recipes and does not dry out the hands .. however it also does not keep quite quite as long in room temperature .. a week or two maximum.
Aromatherapy at its funest!