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Quiet Time Trick: DIY Calming Lavender Play Dough

Quiet Time Trick: Make Calming Lavender Play Dough

We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of play dough. We’ve shared the best play dough recipe ever. We’ve even made play dough toolkits. So we can all agree that we love play dough. But did you know that it can also be used as a great calming activity for kids?

By adding the soothing, calming properties of lavender to our favorite playdough, this activity is sure to calm even the wiggliest of kids on those long summer days.

DIY Calming Lavender Playdough - so easy to make

You will need:

  • 1 batch of homemade playdough – I used unflavored gelatin instead of colored Jello like in the recipe because I wanted a nice neutral color to let the lavender be the star of the show. Feel free to use colored Jello, or add a few drops of food coloring to make it nice and bright.
  •  a few drops of lavender essential oil
  • dried lavender flower buds

DIY Calming Lavender Play Dough

While you are cooking up a batch of the play dough, let your kids play with the dried lavender. Talk to them about the smell and texture of the lavender. This is a great sensorial experience in and of itself, plus playing with the lavender will help it to release its fragrance.

DIY Calming Lavender Playdough

Once the play dough is cool, knead in a few drops of lavender essential oil. Then have your kids mix the dried lavender into the playdough however they wish. They may want to do one little piece at a time, or they may want to mix it all together at once.

DIY Calming Lavender PlaydoughAs they play with the playdough, the lavender scent will have a nice calming effect, which may be a life saver on some of those long, school-free summer days ahead!

DIY Calming Lavender Playdough



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Kaley is a photographer who spends her days starting lots of projects and finishing few of them. She lives in San Francisco with her awesomely creative daughter and her amazingly understanding husband.