Ah, the smell of fresh limes! We recently made a fresh batch of lime playdough (scented with kid safe essential oils) and it smelled even better than it sounds! We love incorporating essential oils, herbs, and spices into our homemade playdough and this batch was definitely a great one to add to the recipe book. For the full recipe, as well as play ideas, continue reading below.
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What You’ll Need
- A batch or two of our one-pot playdough
- Lime essential oil
- Green food coloring
- Gems, stones, buttons, beads, pom poms, or other similar items to decorate your lime playdough
Related: Calming lavender scented playdough
What to Do
Making the Playdough
Begin by making a batch or two (we typically make one batch per child) of our one-pot playdough. This is our tried and true recipe that is super easy to make. After you’ve made your playdough, allow it to cool a few minutes and then carefully plop it onto a sheet of parchment paper. While it cools, you can take out your additional supplies needed for this lime playdough and place them in your divided tray.
Once your playdough has cooled enough to handle, simply make a bit of an indentation in your playdough, add some green food coloring in the middle of your playdough, and fold your playdough over and over until the coloring has been incorporated. We typically wear disposable gloves while coloring playdough, just to keep our hands from coming out rainbow colored, but if you don’t have any on hand, you could always place the playdough (along with the food coloring that you’ve just added) on a piece of plastic wrap and use the plastic wrap as a sort of shield while you fold the food coloring into the playdough. Once your playdough has been dyed, add in several drops of lime essential oil and fold it in as you did with the food coloring.
Related: Lemon Playdough
Lime Playdough Playtime!
Once your playdough has been colored and scented, place it into your divided tray, along with the other materials, and invite your child to play. We made a simple invitation to play and set out some glass stones, pom poms, and gems. Miss 18 months had a blast pressing pom poms and stones into her lime playdough. So fun!
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I even enjoyed making patterns in the playdough with the stones and pom poms. It was actually quite relaxing!
Related: Vanilla playdough recipe
Essential oils (particularly Plant Therapy’s kid safe essential oils) are the perfect addition to playdough.
This lime playdough would also pair well with a fresh batch of lemon playdough.
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