Cold and flu play dough

A fun way to clear stuffy noses.
A fun way to clear stuffy noses. Photo: Paging Fun Mums

Here’s a simple recipe for making a special batch of play dough when your children aren’t feeling the best.

This play dough not only helps to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu but it also has antibacterial qualities that help to prevent germs being spread.

Perfect for playgroups and kindergartens to use during the flu season!

A fun way to clear stuffy noses.
A fun way to clear stuffy noses. Photo: Paging Fun Mums

Ingredients:

1 cup salt

2 cups plain flour

4 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 cups water

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1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus oil

1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil

a couple of drops of food colouring (we used green)

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan, place on a med to high heat stove and continually stir until the mixture thickens and resembles a very thick mashed potato. Carefully tip the dough onto a sheet of baking paper and allow to cool.

This play dough is best used when still slightly warm, we often re-heat ours in the microwave for 40 seconds before play (always re-knead the dough to make sure there are no hot spots before play). You can store in a zip locked bag for two weeks.

We hope this provides some fun, quiet play while your kids recuperate … plus some relief by helping to clear any stuffy noses.

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DO NOT allow your child to ingest the playdough. Eucalyptus oil can be toxic to children if ingested. Supervise their play at all time.