We love making homemade playdough and 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.
As well as being great sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers this is one of our most popular homemade playdough recipes for bigger kids too 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 a great addition to our Fine Motor Alphabet Activity or our spelling suggestion found in the Hands On Spelling Activities list. 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