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One of my absolute favorite ways to cozy up our home is to have a pot of homemade potpourri simmering on the stove. I took my favorite scents and added them into this play dough and now I think I'll have to get some on the stove tomorrow!
For our Orange Spice play dough recipe we used:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
Orange Essential Oil
Red and Yellow Food Coloring
I didn't want the kids to hurt their hands on any spiky pieces of cloves so I used a small bowl and a spreader as a mortar and pestle to smash them up. Then, I added it to our basic play dough ingredients. You can see more detailed pictures of each step in our cherry vanilla scented play dough. I added two drops of Orange Essential Oil to 1 cup of water to give it an awesome citrus scent! We were gifted a set of essential oils while I was pregnant with our last baby and I've had so much fun learning about them. Orange essential oil is great for digestion if rubbed on the stomach and is a natural mood-lifter and stress-reducer (perfect for a play dough activity). To give us an orange color, we simply added a few drops of red and orange food coloring to get the color we wanted. Mixing colors like this is always a fun activity for little ones because they can immediately see the colors transforming the water. Once everything was mixed up on the stove, it only took a few minutes of cooking on medium heat for a ball of soft dough to form. Then, you just dump it onto a floured surface and let it cool a minute before kneading it up. I could literally feel my mood improving while I was mixing this up (mostly because I just love the mixture of these scents!). We used our orange spice dough in a Nature Invitation to Play. The kids loved this one! I'll be sharing more about that one later!
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