Hello Summer... my sorta enemy. I'm not a fan of summer, never have been. Winter is my favy. Spring, sure. Mild, fresh breeze and new growth. Autumn, ah yes. Cool nights and bright, productive-inspiring-weather days. Summer? No thank you. Here it's hot and humid. If the heat doesn't get you, the humidity will. Every bright and happy full sun plant that boomed in the spring gets moved to at least partial shade or withers under the beating sun. The only thing I like about summer is summer break.
That being said it's a good idea to bring everyone, even pets, inside during the times when the sun is the hottest. It's generally between the times of 12pm-4pm, depending your area. These are the times when sunburn/dangerous UV rays, heat stroke and temps are at the peak for the day. So, for those times, it's great to find something inside to do. For us, it's creative time!
We create something every day, it just comes naturally to us. Today it was play dough. There are two recipes: one to cook and one with no cooking needed. Both vary on shelf life so I suggest popping them into the refrigerator and check often for signs of it going bad.
For the cook version:
-1/2 cup of water
-1/3 cup of salt
-1 cup of flour (I like plain white or coconut for gluten free)
- splash of oil (something that STAYS in a liquid state)
- herbal ingredients for tint and scent
💗Hibiscus, dandelion root, rose petals
💛Turmeric, dandelion heads
❤️Red raspberry, Beet powder
💚Plantain, rosemary, oregano, seaweed
Boil the water and salt until dissolved.
Add in your herbs (we went with hibiscus that wasn't fresh enough to be tea anymore) and boil until color is apparent if it's a fresh herb, once cold for a powder herb.
Add your splash of oil and drops of skin friendly glycerin. I find the glycerin really adds such a great texture but feel free to omit.
Once totally cooled add blends of essential oils for scent. Avoid any citrus! Those increase photosensitivity. Also be sure to ask doctors and allergy test before using anything new. Natural things can and will cause allergic reactions. Poison ivy is very natural and thus, m͞y͞ p͞o͞i͞n͞t͞ i͞s͞ m͞a͞d͞e͞.
No cook version:
-1 cup flour
-pinch of baking soda, not too much because the PH is very different from our skin and our hands... they have skin...
-1/2 cup arrowroot or cornstarch
-1/2 cup salt
-1/2 cup oil, again liquid state oil
-dash of glycerin
-essential oil blend, just a few drops.
-Herbal powders. As there is no heat, extracting pigments from straight herbs is difficult, powders would be the best option.
This takes a bit of added elbow grease to get it all blended but if you are avoiding heat in the house (to keep electric bills down!) this may be the way to go. This is also more difficult to make herbal pigments with, as there is no heat.
I blend all the dry ingredients and pour wet on top and kneed! If you find it too sticky, add more flour. Too dry? More oil. Stay away from water, that will simply decrease shelf life. Which is already short because of the flour and starches.
For essential oils in both recipes, 1-2 drops of single oils is enough. In blends, 1 drop per oil not going over 4 drops. Essential oils are very powerful, respect that!
Here's a few blends I love:
-Frankincense and Jasmine ( like a woodland floral scent)
-Cinnamon and anise (fall perfection)
-Ginger and peppermint (if anyone is feeling tummy sick)
- Spearmint and vanilla (gum scent, love it)
- Vanilla and ginger (ginger snap scent)
-Vetiver, lavender and chamomile (calming blend, very calming)
- Jasmine and rose (floral and awesome)
- Rosemary, lemongrass and vanilla (love! Our go to!)
Just for some ideas!
So there ya have it! Zero waste play dough for summer!
Let me know what your favorite tweak to this recipe is!
Fun and away from the hot sun,
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants