DIY “Happy Kiddo” Playdough Recipe

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When my kiddos catch a bug it never really slows them down. They continue to be on the go constantly! I am just running around after them trying to wipe a nose or cover a sneeze. So, that means that “sick days” are still filled with activities. That’s why I came up with this “happy kiddo” playdough recipe, to keep them happy and occupied.

Why did I chose to use Thieves and Lavender? Glad you asked!

Thieves essential oilThieves oil is a blend of five different therapeutic grade essential oils, including cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This combination offers immune support

Lavender essential oil: Lavender oil is a wonderful oil that helps bring a positive mood and a sense of relaxation

“Happy Kiddo Playdough” Recipe


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil — where to find
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tartar — where to find
  • Essential oils, we only use therapeutic grade essential oils, especially with our kiddos. You can find the kind we use HERE


  • Mix first 5 ingredients in a saucepan and cook over low heat

DIY Happy Kiddo Playdough | Real Food RN

  • Stir frequently to avoid it sticking or burning
  • When it looks like playdough, it’s done!

DIY Happy Kiddo Playdough | Real Food RN

  • Divide the dough into balls and add Thieves to one ball and Lavender to the other. I just add oils until they are very fragrant — typically about 20-30 drops in each ball
  • Store in an air tight container. I even keep mine in the fridge, it lasts for months!
  • CLICK HERE to see my other fun playdough recipes

Please share this playdough recipe with all of your Mom friends out there, they will thank you when their kids are occupied for hours! 🙂 

How to Get Started with Essential Oils

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