Minty Pine Holiday Play Doh

We have been so busy crafting for the holidays that it has been a long time since I have shared a fun kid play activity or recipes.  Far too long!  

So here is our newest creation.  Every month we make a special themed playdoh at the school and this months is a wonderful wintry holiday playdoh.  It is all-natural (except for the glitter) and beautifully colored with powered beet root.  

We used the softest  little tufts of fir needles from our Christmas tree to get a nice piney smell. I set out scissors for the kiddos and we trimmed the needles off of the woody branch.  Then we ground up and smashed the needles with a mortar & pestle.  This released the essential oils in the fir needles and smelled amazing!  Plus it was fun!

Make Your Own Special Holiday Play Doh

~ Ingredients ~

  • 1 cup of flour

  • 1/2 cup of salt

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 1 to 3 tablespoons of beet powder

  • 5 to 6 drops of spearmint essential oil

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of cut & smashed fir/pine needles

  • glitter

ou can find lovely beet powder and spearmint essential oil

online at Mountain Rose Herbs.**

~ Method ~

Combine dry ingredients (except for the beet powder, fir/pine needles and glitter) in a sauce pan.  Add the water and oil .  Stir together and heat slowly over low heat.  Stir almost constantly until the play doh sets up.  Let it cool to warm before playing, playdough right off the stove is hot.  

~ Special Playtime! ~

I like to encourage the kids to get involved with our play doh making by giving them lovely things to add to their play doh.  Our holiday play doh called for beet powder, fir needles and glitter!  During playtime each child got a  small pile of beet powder, fir needles and glitter to  sprinkl on and smushed into their play doh.  Such fun!

We also added some minty spearmint essential oil.  I often use essential oils in play doh for kids.  It is a great way for them to get an aromatic experience while also enjoying the benefits of playing wth play doh.  To do this I have each child make a hole in their play doh.  I then add 1 to 2 drops of essential oil to the play doh and mix it in myself.  This way the children's skin is not exposed to undiluted essential oil.  Please supervise children when using essential oils and keep the bottles safely up out of reach.  

Happy Playing!

Shared On: The Kid's Co-op, Natural Family Friday

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