Homemade play dough with herbs recipe

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This week we’ve been picking the herbs that we have growing  in the garden and adding them to our homemade play dough recipe to make a fun sensory activity for the kids to enjoy. The herbs we used was thyme, mint, sage, lemon balm and chives and each offered its own different element to the sensory play experience. The lemon balm and mint made the play dough fragrant the rough leaves of the sage added texture to the dough and the pretty tiny pink flowers from the thyme made excellent decorations. You can find the recipe to make your own homemade play dough with herbs in this weeks article.

Homemade play dough with herbs recipe


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water
  • food colouring (optional)
  • handful of each herbs roughly chopped


  • In a large bowl mix together the flour and salt
  • Add 1 cup of water and the oil into the bowl with the flour/salt
  • Stir until it becomes a dough (add more water if needed)
  • Once it has cooled slightly add a few drops of food colouring and knead the dough for a few minutes until it is smooth and not sticky
  • Divide your dough into balls, add your herbs and knead until distributed

Your play dough is now ready for the kids to enjoy.

We hope you have enjoyed this weeks article and if growing herbs with children is something you would like to do then check out our previous post on easy to grow herbs for kids.


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