When I was three years-old my mom started doing childcare in our home, something that she did for a really long time, something that became our lives. Right until the day I grew up and moved away to college. The majority of my childhood memories revolve around those kiddos and all the things we did together. My mom always kept us busy doing crafts, playing outdoors, reading books, playing playing and playing. It really was the best. I was the oldest so I probably bossed some of them around a little too much. But we always had so much fun.

One thing we always had the option to play with was play-dough. My favourite thing was playing with it while it was still a bit warm. We had a whole bin of rolling pins, cookie cutters and little plastic animals to make strange little play-dough food and worlds. Lesson learned, do not use toy cars in the play-dough… When I was still little, like 3 or 4, I vividly remember sneaking bites of it when my mom wasn’t looking. I’ve been waiting for the right time to make this infamous play-dough for my daughter, and today seemed like the perfect day. Mind you, she is 19mos, so I have a feeling she will be sneaking bites of it… My mom always made hers with Kool-Aid, so I mean, you just had to try it. It smelled like some kind of sweet sweet fruity snack! I am replacing the Kool-Aid for essential oils. Maybe Flora will be less tempted to eat something that smells like lavender… But really that’s not why. The blend of lavender and orange is awesome for helping kiddos chill out and focus. Chill out and focus and play play-dough.






-2 cups boiling water
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 cup salt
-1 tablespoon cream of tartar
-2 tablespoons of olive oil
-15 drops lavender & 15 drops orange essential oils
* Flora helped me add some gold sparkles while we played with it. I do recommend!

1. Whisk the flour, salt and cream of tartar together in a big bowl.
2. Slowly and gently add the boiling water.
3. Add the olive oil and essential oils, then stir using a big wooden spoon.
4. Let cool before playing with it.
5. Have the best time.
6. Store in an air tight container, will keep for about a month!

*FYI,she only took one bite…

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