Natural Lavender Playdough

Reggio Activities - Natural Lavender Playdough

Reggio Activities - Natural Lavender PlaydoughSoothing calming lavender, picked fresh from Nanna’s garden and left to dry. The aroma has filled our house.

A batch of plain playdough, some sprigs of lavender and some loose dried flowers made for a wonderful morning activity.

Reggio Activities - Natural Lavender Playdough Reggio Activities - Natural Lavender Playdough Reggio Activities - Natural Lavender PlaydoughI like using the old tiles as a background for clay, it defines the space nicely and gives a nice smooth surface to work with. This was the first time I’ve used them with playdough though.

As an initial exploration, I knew Jack (3.75yrs) and Sarah (22mths) would mostly play with the lavender, pressing it into the playdough and rolling it between their fingers. The tile gave them a nice area for them to focus.

Reggio Activities - Natural Lavender PlaydoughReggio Activities - Natural Lavender PlaydoughThey pressed and rolled that playdough until it was bursting with lavender. The smell envelopes you. It’s beautiful.

27 Replies to “Natural Lavender Playdough”

  1. mmmmm we have not made lavender playdough for a while – sounds like a plan for tomorrow

  2. wow, great ideas.
    I, am sure the smell alone must be a delight for the senses, so being able to mix it with homemade playdough, perfect sensorial activity!

    1. The smell is amazing. I’ve made playdough with lavender oil before but not natural playdough with fresh lavender. The texture and the colours are so beautiful, and the smell of course 🙂

  3. Mmmm… I think I can smell it from here 🙂

  4. Making a batch of playdough together is one of my son’s favorite activities, and we have two different kinds of lavander growing in front of our house. I think we shall have to do this! I like the idea of working on the til as well.

    1. The tile gives them a nice smooth surface. The playdough comes away easily and they can roll balls and things more easily too. Both Jack and Sarah liked using the tile so I think I’ll keep them out now for when they want to do playdough again.

      1. Where did you purchase the tile from?

        1. It’s just a spare kitchen tile I found in the garage. You could ask at kitchen/bathroom store for any seconds if you don’t have any laying around 🙂

  5. Your blog and activities are beautiful and so calming! I’m so glad I found you!

  6. Your children also use a morter and pistle to crush the lavender with some water then add to the play dough recipe to create color and scented dough.

    1. I think that is a lovely idea. We don’t have a proper mortar and pestle that the kids can work with but I am sure that I could pick one up rather cheaply from the thrift store. You’ve got me thinking now about other wonderful sensorial spices and flowers they can explore. 🙂

  7. I love that working with lavender creates such a calming evironment. I would love to know the best time to pick and dry lavender. I have a huge bush but never know the right time to harvest it. I hope Nanna’s up for sharing!

    1. I never know either. Mums plant is huge. It was past blooming and the flowers had started to wilt. I just snipped it off willy-nilly 🙂 It only took a day to dry and smelled so beautiful. I think you’re supposed to snip right back to the thick leaves but Mum’s bush is so huge I don’t think I even made a dent 🙂

  8. Mmmm I bet the aroma was amazing and calming! I was thinking of making lavender shortbread today 🙂 But Dino Boy vetoed the lavender!

  9. I’m just exploring your little space now – and am in one of those blog reading trances – such a lovely place…We made some playdough recently using natural dyes (beetroot, turmeric, raspberries, etc) that i wrote about – and added some lavendar and lemon essential oils. Love the idea of using the actual plant though……Off to read some more! x
    ps. Even more wonderful to discover another Canberra blog x

    1. Oh I love those trances haha I was in one of those the other day when I was reading You Are My Fave 🙂 Do you know that one? I just discovered it.

      So lovely to meet you Claire. Maybe we could meet in person sometime while the kids have a play 🙂

  10. I am just in LOVE with this!! I can only imagine how wonderful it smells. Such a great idea to use the tiles~ putting that on my to-buy list for our next sensory play. Thank you so much for linking up to this week’s Discover & Explore!

    1. Thank you. We use the tiles a lot. I really like them as a nice smooth surface for the playdough or clay. The tile really helps to focus Jack and Sarah’s attention as well as stops the material from sticking to the table. You could probably pick up some off-cut tiles for free 🙂

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