Yesterday Benjamin and I made "Aromatic Playdough"! I realized as I was setting everything out, that we didn't have enough salt, which definitely affected the recipe. Oops. I also want to note that the natural scent of whole wheat flour is overpowering and even the "white" version, isn't particularly white. Next time, we'll use regular flour and salt. This way the food coloring will really POP! You can Google "homemade playdough" for a few different recipes to try.
Benjamin had an absolute blast! He got to practice measuring, pouring, and mixing. Some benefits of playdough for childhood development: investigation, exploration, and fine motor development (building up strength in the hand). We added 5 drops of Young Living essential oils to each color for a little aromatherapy. [Teal = Peace & Calming; Fushia = Joy; Yellow = Lemon; Orange = Orange] When doing this, you get the benefits of each essential oil as you play with it! This was such a fun hot (or rainy) day project!