We love making homemade playdough and I will often add elements of texture or scent to a new batch of dough to enhance the sensory input of the play experience – for example, you can check out our textured funfetti playdough here, our herbal tea scented playdough and our delicious mulberry playdough (and we’ve also given Ali’s peppermint scented version whirl!)
I prefer to stick to all natural ingredients when making playdough for young children, especially those who are still likely to mouth what they are playing with, which is what makes this recipe for Rosemary & Lemon Scented Playdough perfect for little ones. The bonus is, it’s also great for bigger kids as rosemary is believed to boost memory and focus (and lift mood) and lemon to improve concentration. So I am thinking this playdough would be great for making letters for sight word and spelling revision and as a tool for math learning too. Perfect for homework, I think!
To make this playdough, I adapted my favourite homemade playdough recipe. But before I started, AJ and I went out to our two big rosemary bushes to find some rosemary. We cut about eight large sprigs and roughly tore off the leaves and snapped the stems into a bowl before I added 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and left it to steep. The longer you leave it, the stronger the rosemary scent will be but I would recommend leaving it for a minimum of two hours. Once it is ready, strain the rosemary water to remove all of the pieces of leaf and stalk.
Then it’s time to make your playdough. Into a large saucepan place;
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 1 1/2 cups of rosemary water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
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