Lavender Scented Play Dough Recipe

Lavender scented play dough has such an amazing colour and the smell is divine. The children tend to relax when they play with play dough that has a lovely calming scent. 























You can make this in advance for your calm down box or calm down area, or you can make it with children. This recipe involves cooking (to avoid stickiness) so careful adult supervision is required if you are doing this with the children.

You need:


2 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

1 tablespoon of cream of tartar 

1 tablespoon of glycerine 

2 cups of warm water

Food colouring 

Lavender oil (or other calming essential oils)


Put all the dry ingredients together in a saucepan. Mix in the food colouring along with one of the cups of water and then add the second cup of water. Warm over a low to medium heat until the mixture turns play doughy (roughly 5–10 minutes), and if you put your finger into the mixture it doesn’t stick.


Tip the dough out onto a clean work surface, add the scented oil and then knead the dough until its cool. Store the play dough at room temperature in an airtight container. You can add other textures to the dough (such as glitter) either while you are heating it or at the same time as the scented oil. 


Note: Always supervise young children with lavender scented dough to ensure they don’t put it in their mouths. Lavender oil should not be ingested.