This is a non toxic recipe to make fun aromadough,
(otherwise known as playdough) for your children.
I love this recipe as it is incredibly easy to make,
it’s cheap and all the ingredients are always in my home.
The kids can help you make it too because they aren’t going to
be exposed to toxic ingredients, plus helping you teaches them patience,
basic maths through measuring aswell as listening and turn taking.
Now, this recipe is made with my thermomix, but don’t click out yet.
You’ll be able to find the good old basic pot recipe here too –
but keep reading first!
So the first thing you wanna do is create a space to make it with the kiddos.
Somewhere accessible to water and a powerpoint will be best.
Having your thermomix – or a mixing bowl on a child height table would
be the best option, or you can do it up on a bench if they can see and reach.
You will need:
– 110g cooking salt or Epsom Salt.
– 1 Tablespoon of Cream Of Tartar.
– 290g of Boiling Hot Water.
– 330g Plain Flour.
– 15g Vegetable Oil or Coconut Oil.
– 30 drops of Essential Oils of your choice.
– Natural Food Colouring.
and of course, your thermomix.
- Put the water into your kettle and boil this before you start making the aromadough.
this way it will be ready to go when you need it.
- Place the Salt into the thermomix bowl & blend for 10 seconds, Speed 8.
- Add in the Cream Of Tartar and blitz for 2 seconds on speed 8 to combine.
- Pour in the boiling water and cook at 60 degrees on Speed 4, for 4 minutes.
- Add the flour and blitz for 40 seconds on Speed 3 – blitz for longer if needed.
- Add the coconut oil or vegetable oil to the bowl and pulse until it’s mixed together.
- Scrape the aromadough from the thermomix bowl onto a clean benchtop, chopping board or into a glass bowl.
- Roll the aromadough into a ball and then poke a hole in the middle to add the food colouring then knead the dough
until the colour has spread throughout evenly.
If your dough is too wet, you can sprinkle on some more plain flour until the consistency is right for you.
Store in an airtight container or in a sealable bag.
In summer, store in the fridge as the heat can create mould.
and there you have it! Super easy aromadough for the kiddos to play with.
Now, if you’re an essential oiler like me, then you would add your essential
oils right after the food colouring and knead the dough until it’s all mixed
in, you can add it into the thermomix bowl at Step 6 with the coconut oil,
but because we had two seperate oils and two seperate colours to make,
we mixed it in at the end – but either way will work!
If you want to create some quiet time for the kiddies, add a calming essential oil –
like Lavender or Balance & Peace essential oil blend.
The molecules of the essential oils will diffuse through the air when
the dough is kneaded creating the calming aromatherapy benefits –
hence the name Aroma-dough, and not playdough!
But really, you can add any essential oil that you would prefer!
I added Rosemary oil for our Anzac Day aromadough and added little
soldiers for him to explore with.
Rosemary is a significant plant associated with our soldiers,
so i found that quite fitting and opened up another opportunity for learning.
To make this a Blippi theme, we added food colouring to create the Blue
and Orange dough which fits the theme perfectly.
So with that, i got Isaiah to pick from the oil box a Blue oil
and an Orange oil.
His choices were Peppermint (blue) and Tangerine (orange).
This is an opportunity for learning as he can colour match and
identify the certain colours to match to the oil bottle to the dough.
I was schooled in a Montessori School and then spent the next 10 years
working in Reggio Emilia based Daycare Centres so it’s muscle memory to
add an area for learning in every single thing we do – as a mum this has
been an incredible super power as a mum!
Then I like to set up my activity as inviting as possible — also very
Montessori — so i use a metal round tray from Kmart and it’s perfect
for aromadough play!
I added some of Isaiah’s favourite little Blippi figurines which looked
super cute in the dough all set up alongside some of the construction
vehicles, trees and rocks.
My sister in law stumbled across the Blippi Figurines
at Target Australia, which we were so suprised to see because
he is based in America,
so he was gifted these in December.
Since then, his figurines and merchandise have been found in
Big W and Kmart too — That makes me so happy!
If you’re not familiar with Blippi, he’s a teacher and child entertainer with
his own YouTube channel and he is amazing. Isaiah has learnt so much
from him – like learning all of the exact names for construction vehicles,
it helped him learn his alphabet and numbers and certain things that even
i didn’t know about!
Although Blippi is on YouTube, Isaiah doesn’t turn into a youtube zombie
because he’s engaged in very educational play with Blippi –
if you have small kiddos, check it out for sure.
Plus mums, although the songs are catchy, they’re actually really cool!
Now don’t worry, i haven’t forgotten to give you the Original Aromadough
recipe, i just wanted you to read on about how you can add more learning
around your aromadough.
Find the original recipe here
I really hope you found this article interesting and if you make the
aromadough, i would love for you to tag me on instagram at @hayleysliquidlove
I also filmed a video of us making it,
Go check that out too!
and don’t forget to s u b s c r i b e
– Essential Oils – purchase here
– Round Metal Tray – *no longer available*
– Blippi Figurines – purchase here
– Blippi Hat & Glasses – purchase here
– My Instagram – @hayleysliquidlove
– My YouTube Channel – Hayley Puzey
– Blippi YouTube Channel here
Lots of love, Hayley xo