Lavender Scented Homemade Play Dough
Which leads me to play dough. While the salty scent of traditional play dough brings back a whole bunch of childhood memories (including eating the stuff!), it isn't the most pleasant smell in the world. Adding a little lavender or lemon to the mix however...that is a nice scent. An ADULT scent for a baby product can make all the difference....hence...
For my nieces this Christmas, I added little jars of lavender scented play dough to their Christmas gifts. I was hoping to give their mommies the little gift of aromatherapy while the babies played. (TIP: Only use EDIBLE herbs and spices to scent your homemade play doughs...just in case!)
I used a basic play dough recipe (found HERE) and simply added dried lavender flowers that I had leftover from the fall garden into the mix. (I ended up using a bit more flour than the recipe called for because the original recipe is a bit too sticky....not sure why?? ) I added about 1 tsp of lavender to this recipe, but in retrospect, I would use more than that for a stronger scent. You could probably use up to 3 T or so, but experiment until you get your mix just right.
So have a little fun with your kid crafts this week! Add a grown up element to play time! Scent your playdough with mint, or orange rind, vanilla or almond extract! Play Priscilla Ahn in the background while playing with Legos! Give yourself a little grace and mix the worlds of mommy and bebe!!!