This past few weeks have been hard. My daughter was so sick and I needed some way to keep her from getting bored. Even though the weather was really nice and we’d normally have played outside, we were stuck indoors. Enter the play dough days. It was like every day, I came up with a new play dough recipe to have her play with. One day, when she was particularly stuffy (this bout of pneumonia was so odd in that each day was new), I made a decision to try to combine a minty smell to help open her sinuses with our play dough. It was magically cool. This Mint Play Dough Recipe was not only fun, smelled great, but it also seemed to help keep her nose pipes open. LOL!
Ingredients for Mint Play Dough Recipe
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tblspns oil
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 tspn peppermint essential oils (or mint extract)
- 5 drops green gel food coloring
How to Make Mint Play Dough
- Mix dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
- Mix wet ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
- Add wet ingredients into dry in 1/3 increments.
- Mix everything together using your hands.
- Of course, if you’re crazy-bad like I am, you accidentally get some watermelon play dough mixed-in at the last second…heh.
Why I Love Play Dough
First, I TOTALLY wanted to play with play dough like all the time when I was a kid, but my mom wasn’t work-at-home like I am and the daycare didn’t let us play with it because it was messy. My philosophy is totally the opposite of the daycare: Get Messy and Have Fun Doing It. That means we might take a bath a couple times a day, but whatever. Who cares? We can have fun in the bath, too. And, because I’m not like on a schedule or anything, I can totally let baby play for as long as she wants, as often as she wants. And, no, I’m not reliving my childhood through my daughter. That would be silly. It’s her childhood and I’m just trying to enrich it with things that allow her to build creativity.