During the month of June, we needed something calming for our afternoon play, both for C and the adults. So I decided to put together a lavender play dough kit, inspired by one of C’s bedtime songs: Lavender’s Blue.
Lavender’s Blue is rhyme that probably originated form the 17th Century and also featured in the movie Cinderella:
Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
When you are king, dilly dilly,
I shall be queen
For this kit, there are sparkly dough in blue, lavender textured dough in pastel purple, a dark purple and a pastel green dough, all scented with lavender essential oil. Accessories include lavender stalks (from wedding decorations), crown cutter, king and queen figures from her toy collection, green ice cream sticks and green pipe cleaners.
To make a lavender textured dough, you will need:
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of salt
- 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon of lavender buds
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- Food colouring and flavouring
- 3/4 cup of strong brewed lavender tea or a few drops of lavender EO
It is a very aromatic play, and very calming for a therupetic play before bedtime. The sparkly blue dough is pretty pretty too!
and established the kingdom too!
While I left her to play on her own, she reached for her craft scissors and started to snip the dough over her truck.
She also stuff some onto the driver seat but thankful they are easy to remove. Doesn’t stick and leaves no residue!
Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
Our doughs are scented with lavender EO, which is one of the versatile oils that we have at home. If you are considering to get your first EO, lavender is the one! Together with lemon EO, it is one of the safest oil to use. We diffuse lavender EO at home for relaxation, to improve sleep and to relieve headaches (very helpful for little humans and parents ha!). It makes an excellent natural air refreshener and disinfectant. At times I would add a few drops of EO into the water for mopping and the whole house smells so good right after. Lavender EO also soothes the skin due to its antimicrobial properties. We would add a few drops of lavender EO to a carrier oil or cream. The husband use it as an aftershave while the rest of us use it to sooth insect bites and such.
Precaution when using Lavender Essential Oil
While lavender EO is generally safe for children to use, there is a report that it may result in estrogen imbalance in boys, which resulted in enlarged breasts in boys. Is lavender EO really estrogenic? It is said that the oils that were use not not of good quality. Here’s an insightful “research” that a fellow mama has done, which might fill you in with more relevant details. There are no substantial study on whether lavender EO really is estrogenic (study was conducted on the 3 boys who were affected), hence caution is still to be exercised when when using lavender EO. Buy good quality EO for a start!