This easy to make homemade lavender playdough recipe is wonderful for calming, soothing sensory play, and is one of the favourites that’s included in my ebook The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book.
Lavender playdough recipe
Our lavender plants are just coming into flower in our Garden Classroom this month and are already smelling wonderful. Lavender is a very calming and soothing scent, making it a good addition to all sorts of sensory play. My children often snip little bits of the plants to add to the recipes they are making in their mud pie cafe, and we also use it in our bedtime sensory tub. Today I’m sharing our recipe for homemade lavender playdough.
I use a no cook play dough recipe for all our dough as it’s so simple to make. If you download The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book you’ll find a whole year’s worth of play dough activities that cover maths, literacy, art and play, using lots of different variations on this classic recipe.
For today’s lavender playdough, I’m using two cups plain flour, one cup of salt, two tablespoons of vegetable oil.
To add the lavender colour I’m using a little purple food colouring gel. You can add the scent in a few different ways, depending on your preference.
:: you can use a couple of drops of lavender essential oil
:: you can use dried lavender, chopped fine
:: you can use fresh lavender, again chopped fine, which is what I’m using today
Add in one and half cups of just-boiled water and mix all your ingredients together to form your dough.
Give it a good knead for a couple of minutes, and you are ready to play.
The dough has a beautiful colour and scent and is just wonderful for sensory play. Kneading the dough is a great workout for little fingers that are developing their fine motor skills. And as you play you are releasing the soothing fragrance. Playing outdoors always has a therapeutic effect on my children, and combined with this lavender playdough we’re really on to a winner.
The dough is a good addition to a mud pie outdoor play kitchen, where you can use for some pretend play baking. You can also find some interesting leaves and flowers around the garden and see what prints you can make in the dough with them.
This playdough is also a good way bring the outdoors in, as you can carry the scent of the garden inside. Set up an invitation to play using the lavender playdough, some flowers from the lavender plants, combined with some loose parts all on a purple theme, and see what your children create.
Ready for a whole year of exploring through the senses? Super Sensory Invitations to Play is a delightful resource that encourages your children to explore the five senses through the year, using a wide variety of sensory materials. It includes 52 invitations to play, linked to the festivals and seasons of the year, and including water, ice, dough, rice, paints, sand, sensory tubs, and more.
They are easy, simple, and fun ideas that you can use right now to give a multi-sensory boost to your play and learning. It comes with a printable recipe book featuring all our favourite recipes for play. Come and see more here.