How to make eucalyptus playdough

Sensory Playdough
Sensory Playdough 

The colder weather is here, which often means colds and sniffly little noses. But here's a great idea for winter toddler play: eucalyptus playdough. Eucalyptus oil can be used to help soothe congestion and make your child breathe easier - and when it's in playdough form, it's fun, too!

This no-cook playdough recipe is from our friends at Paging Fun Mums via Essential Kids. It's so easy to make: just mix all the ingredients together and in five minutes you have perfect playdough. 


• 1 cup of flour
• 1/2 cup of salt
• 2 tbs of cream of tartar
• 1 tbs of oil
• Food colouring
• 1 cup of boiling water
• Eucalyptus oil - please note that this can be toxic if ingested so read method carefully. 

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Mix all ingredients except the boiling water and eucalyptus oil together into a large mixing bowl.

Add the boiling water and mix well (note: the food colouring will mix in better if added to the boiling water). Take care when using boiling water around children.


Stir well until the mixture is well combined.

Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil and knead till combined. Make sure you only add less than 1ml of Eucalyptus oil as any more can be toxic to children.

Roll it out on a flat surface - now you're ready for playdough fun!

TIP: The playdough will last quite a few days if it is stored in an air tight container or plastic wrap too. DO NOT allow your child to ingest the playdough. Supervise their play at all time.

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This article has been republished with permission from Paging Fun Mums. If you want more fun crafts, activities, recipes and ideas, head over to the Paging Fun Mums website or follow them on Facebook.