How to make fresh herb playdough recipe from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

Fresh Herb Playdough Activity {Easy Smells Divine!}

While shopping at the grocery store recently (for homemade pizza ingredients, yum!) we spotted some fresh herbs and knew we had to include them in an activity. Since we are such playdough fans, (have you tried our lavender playdough or lemon playdough?) we settled on fresh herb playdough. Read on to discover how we incorporated fresh herbs along with our homemade playdough to create the perfect invitation to play.

How to make fresh herb playdough recipe from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

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What You’ll Need

1 cup flour

2-3 tablespoons cream of tarter

1/4 cup salt

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup water

Cooking pot

Wooden mixing spoon

Fresh herbs (we used rosemary and thyme)

Scissors

Playdough accessories

Silicone cupcake liners

Divided tray (optional)

What to Do

Begin by whipping up a batch of our one-pot playdough:

Mix the following ingredients together in a cooking pot:

1 cup flour

2-3 tablespoons cream of tarter

1/4 cup salt

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup water

Once all the ingredients have been mixed, cook them over medium heat while mixing continuously. The playdough mixture will start melting down and then, after a few minutes, it will start to ball up and pull away from the sides of the pot (and your arm muscles will start to ache!); that’s when you know your dough is cooked. It’s okay if some areas are still a bit sticky looking. For the most part, however, it should look like playdough.

Once the playdough has cooled, knead it a bit and then place it in your divided tray along with the other materials and allow your child to play. I don’t know if it was the scent of the herbs, the fact that they got to do some cutting, or maybe the combination of the two, but they were SO excited about this set-up! We’ll admit we were pretty excited too!

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It’s always so fun to see what they come up with while exploring and playing! First they decided to cut up the herbs. Our oldest cut her herbs into a cupcake liner.

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We like to reuse things from around the house as much as we can for our craft projects or activities and these little glass jars that once held different flavors of salt have become a staple in our play kitchen. Our younger one used these to hold all her herb cuttings.

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Once the herbs were cut, they sprinkled them on top of the playdough.

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Then the younger one decided that if sprinkling was fun, pouring would be even better!

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Once they had sprinkled and poured the herbs on the playdough, they mixed it all up a bit and rolled out their dough. The texture of the herb playdough was really neat and made for a great sensory activity!

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They weren’t anywhere near being done yet though! Next up, herb muffins! It’s smelling pretty good in the room now!

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The kids (okay, the parents too!) really enjoyed pressing the herbs into the playdough to make imprints.

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They even made little herb forests! The creative possibilities with this homemade herb playdough are truly endless!Herb Playdough Recipe - An Invitation to Play - Read More on The Art Kit Blog @theartkit http://www.theartkitblog.com

And then the aftermath … 🙂

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We then moved to the kitchen to make some fresh rosemary bread. We’ll share details of that adventure next time. Until then, if you enjoyed this post, please share it! Or, pin for later.


4 thoughts on “Fresh Herb Playdough Activity {Easy + Smells Divine!}”

  1. That looks so easy and fun! Since herbs have beneficial qualities, I could see where this could have some other benefits as well, such as stimulating, or calming. Seems like Rosemary is supposed to be good for memory, if I remember correctly. Maybe lavender would be good near nap- or bedtime.

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