Thanks to Clare from Clare’s Little Tots for this fantastic post on herby playdough. It is such a great idea to use herbs for sensory play and what child doesn’t love having fun with playdough!
Herbs aren’t just great for cooking they’re also fun to add to sensory play such as playdough. There are so many benefits to playing with playdough for young children that it’s definitely not something to shy away from.
Today I’m sharing with you a really easy herby playdough based on my no-cook playdough recipe. Any herb can be used but fresh ones work best when adding them to playdough.
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 1 cup of salt
- 4 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- Freshly chopped herbs (we used mint)
How to make herby playdough
- Mix all the dry ingredients together
- Add the oil and boiling water and combine until the mixture comes together
- Turn out onto a dry surface and once it’s cool knead really well until all the stickiness has gone (2 – 3 minutes)
- Add your herbs and knead again
- …and that’s it your playdough is now ready to be played with.
I gave my two children (aged 5 and 2) a rolling pin, some cookie cutters and the rest of the mint to play with and that was it. Nearly an hours play making lots of wonderful creations.
Jack mostly enjoyed squishing and pulling it but has recently started to make things such as cakes and worms.
Georgia created an entire bakery which led to lots of shop role playing and trying to sell my minty pizzas and cakes for £100!
Clare is a mum of 2 children aged 2 and 5 and has been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2013. You can find her blog over at Clare’s Little Tots where she shares easy crafts, recipes and activities as well as childminding help.