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Good (somewhat) Clean Fun in the New Year

Not only are play-dough and bubbles an inexpensive and wonderful way to encourage many areas of development and learning for younger children, you can also have your older children help make them! Here are two natural, non-toxic, fun DIY recipes you can create at home.


¼ cup natural dish soap

1 tsp glycerin

1 cup filtered water

5-10 drops natural food coloring (optional)

5 drop lavender or lemon essential oil (optional)


In a glass jar combine the soap, glycerin, essential oil and food coloring if using. Stir the mixture thoroughly to combine. Add the water and gently stir to incorporate everything. Avoid excessive suds, as this will dilute the bubble mixture. Store at room temperature and use liberally for lots of bubbly fun!


Visual tracking skills, gross motor movement, balance & muscle tone development, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness.


2 cups flour

3/4 cup salt

4 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 cups lukewarm water

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)

Food coloring (optional)


Stir together flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Add water and oil. Add in the color. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until dough thickens and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and place onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. You’re ready to PLAY. Store the play-dough inside a gallon-sized Ziploc bag to keep soft. Keeps for up to three months.


Fine motor skills, creativity & imagination, hand-eye coordination, language, science, math.


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