Zen Playdough. . .

Begin with plain playdough.  No color, no scent.  Just plain old simple playdough.


I set out little bowls of old grains and spices.  Flax seeds, chia seeds, basil leaf, a flower tea. . . .

All set out with a zen like peacefulness.  Sniff.  Pick.  Mix.


I added a mortar and pestle for pressing and grinding the seeds and herbs.  Grind.  Press.


So much fun.



And just to be real – it can . . . and will. . . get very messy.


And it is worth every grain of crazy.


There is nothing quite like mixing up your own special playdough!!!

Plain Playdough Recipe

2 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

1 heaping tablespoon of cream of tartar

2 cups of water

1 splash of oil (a tablespoon or a bit less — I do not like a lot of oil – just a tad)

Mix dry ingredients together in bowl.  Heat liquids in a large pan.  Slowly stir in flour mixture.   Stir and cook until smooth.  Put on board and knead until shiny.  Keep in air tight container or plastic bag.


  • too wet – knead in flour a little dusting at a time.
  • too dry – knead in a little water.


Ask your families for old spices, herbs, teas and small grains.  Be sure to check student allergies before setting out your selection.  Be creative!  Have fun!

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  1. You’re right, there is nothing better than a nice fresh warm batch of playdough. I bet yours really did smell amazing. What a wonderful sensory experience for your little ones.

    • Sally says:

      It was so wonderful – a parent brought a cup of full of herbs from their garden. Talk about a sensory experience. The whole classroom smelled so wonderful as the children snipped and cut fresh herbs into their playdough!

  2. Claire says:

    Wow! What an awesome sensory idea for my kiddos at home AND at school! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

    • Sally says:

      Perfect way to use old spices and herbs!

  3. Michelle Pearce says:

    I make mine in the thermomix now and it is a beautiful mix. It can get a bit crumbly as it ages.

  4. Darcy says:

    Do you bring the water to a boil?

    • Sally says:

      Yes, I do boil the water. Good luck!


  1. Zen Playdough. . .

    Begin with plain playdough. No color, no scent. Just plain old simple playdough. I set out little bowls

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