I love natural play things and open-ended play! I love watching my children create and “imaginate” (my own made up word!). I want to give them plenty of opportunities to do this and playdough is one of my favorite mediums.
The bonus here is that this chamomile tea playdough has a soothing smell that calms as your children play. Wouldn’t this be a great before-bedtime quiet activity?! (Have some dried lavender on hand? Put it in there too!) Or maybe a late-afternoon-so-you-can-keep-the-kids-calm-as-you-start-dinner activity? And the best part is that making this playdough is super simple so it can be ready in a matter of minutes!
And just look at it!
Because homemade playdough holds together so much better, you won’t have the mess that store-bought playdough often creates. That’s one reason I always suggest homemade playdough when moms are looking for a way to occupy their busy little ones.
So, grab the recipe, and whip up a batch right this very minute. Added bonus: As the dough is cooling, you can have a nice, soothing cup of tea yourself!
- 4 chamomile tea bags (or other herbal tea)
- 2 c. water
- 2 c. flour (white or unbleached)
- ½ c. salt
- 4 Tbsp. cream of tartar
- 1 Tbsp oil
- In a medium saucepan, boil the water, remove from heat, and steep the tea bags for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and set aside - you will be using them again!
- Add flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil to the saucepan and stir continuously over medium heat. The dough will thicken and eventually form a ball.
- As soon as it forms a ball, remove from heat and stir in the contents of 2-4 of the tea bags.
- Remove the playdough from the saucepan (I like to use a wooden spoon) and place in container that can be sealed. However, wait until the dough has cooled before sealing. (Usually, I wait until the dough has cooled just a bit and then hand it over to my kids to play with warm. By the time they are finished, it is completely cooled and able to be put away in a plastic container with lid.)
Other posts you might be interested in:
How I Occupy My Busy Preschooler post
Occupying a Busy Preschooler podcast
YouTube video on Occupying a Busy Preschooler
Large Family Homeschooling ebook (in which I talk a lot about managing a house full of littles!)