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Playdough using essential oils

Entertain your kids this season and turn play time into learning time by making aromatherapy playdough! This activity is a great way for children to learn about aromatherapy and essential oils. Use a variety of oils and colours to help kids learn new scents.

Playdough using essential oils

Aromatherapy Playdough

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Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Saucepan
  • Spoon or spatula to stir
  • Baking paper
  • Airtight container


  • 2 cups flour 2
  • 2 cups coloured water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cream of tatar

Essential oils

  • 5 drops preferred essential oils see notes for suggestions


  • Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in a large saucepan and stir until combined
  • Once combined, put over medium heat. Using a spatula, continue to stir ingredients together until it forms a ball.  Note: Don’t overcook as it will lead to dry playdough
  • Remove from heat and cool on baking paper
  • Once cool, add five drops of your favourite essential oil and knead until thoroughly combined
  • ​You’re done! Just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for months of fun


Essential oil suggestions:
  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender

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