Unwinding Play Dough Recipe

I added essential oils to our favorite play dough recipe to make unwinding play dough! It’s a fun way to help my little ones wind down at the end of the day, with calm play.

Playing with play dough occupies my kids in a relaxing way, because they sit still and concentrate. Adding relaxing essential oils helps mellow them out, and makes this the most perfect before bedtime activity!

Unwinding Play Dough Recipe

Unwinding Play Dough Recipe

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I halved our normal recipe, because I wanted a smaller amount than normal. Plus, I was running low on salt!


  • 1  Cup of Flour
  • 1  Tbsp of Vegetable Oil (or whatever oil you have on hand)
  • 1/4 Cup of Salt
  • 1  Tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Water (really hot)

Unwinding Play Dough Recipe


Mix all the dry ingredients together, and then add in the oil and water. Stir it up, and then use your hands to squish it all together, then let it cool, completely.

Next, add just a little bit of purple coloring to make a nice lavender shade. And finally, the lavender essential oil, which is known to help you relax and unwind.


Play Dough Play Tools

There are so many different ways to play with play dough! Even the most unlikely household item can be turned into a play dough plaything.

We love using cookie cutters to make different shapes. My kids and I sometimes like to pretend like we own a bakery, and display our play dough creations on old plates.

Empty (cleaned out) chocolate boxes are perfect for making a box of play dough chocolates, with this fun idea from Simplistically Living.

Old mugs can be used to make “hot chocolate” with our play dough, and ice cream glasses to make sundaes! 


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