Play dough is one of the key elements of our preschool at home. We use it all the time. Making our own play dough is not only cost effective and natural, but the addition of essential oils really makes it unique.
1 c. flour
1/2 c. cornstarch
2t. cream of tartar
1 T cooking oil
1 c. water
several drops essential oil
(lavender is great for its calming effect)
Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and stir vigorously over medium low heat until it forms a ball. When cooled to touch, give your child a ball to shape, or separate into four balls and stir a different color or essential oil into each ball. Store in an airtight jar. Keeps indefinitely.