My whole family has been hit with terrible colds for the last few days. We’ve all been completely wiped out! Well at least I have been! When I “signed up” to become a mother I suppose I also made the decision to take care of and entertain my kids while I am sick as a dog!
Of course my kids were not up to watching movies and letting mommy sleep. They were still running around the house full of energy, boogers and crankiness I might add. What was I to do with these enegergetic sickies? As I was drinking some warm chamomile tea to sooth my throat I decided that it would be a great idea to make something for the kids to play with that was the scent of chamomile. Then Calming Chamomile Melting Dough was born!
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Making Calming Chamomile Melting Dough
First I brewed 1 cup of chamomile tea. Next I simply added the tea to 2 cups of cornstarch in a mason jar. You can use any container you like, I just had a tall mason jar on hand. You’ll notice as you are mixing that it becomes dense yet liquidy. This water and corn starch mixture is what’s known as Oobleck or Goop. When you play with Oobleck quickly the substance acts as a solid. When you play with it slowly it acts as a liquid! You can read more about it in our post Vanilla Cinnamon Oobleck.
Next I cut open the tea bag and mixed the chamomile into the Oobleck. At this point you can let the kids play with the Oobleck. This is half the fun! The kiddos used spoons to scoop the Oobleck little by little into the large bin.
Then Little Buddy (2 y.o.) and Baby Bear (2 y.o.) picked the Oobleck up with their hands and watched it drip into the container.
Little Buddy also enjoyed pouring the excess out of the mason jar.
Whenever we play with Oobleck they are always drawn to the edges of this container where the substance collects. This is the place where the Oobleck is the thickest and is the best place to explore its solid like form.
Baby Bear enjoyed scooping up the Chamomile Oobleck from the bin and placing it into a bowl.
I threw in some plastic bugs since we are sick with a nasty bug and I figured it went well with our situation.
To begin making the melting dough I placed 1 cup of flour into the container and allowed Baby Bear to scoop the flour into the Oobleck.
As she was doing this she said “Oh wow!”. She just loves getting messy and mixing up different materials.
The flour began to thicken the Oobleck and turn it into dough. Once we got it all mixed up the dough was just a tad too dry so Baby Bear added 1/2 cup of water. If it is still too dry try adding an additional 1/4 of a cup of water.
After we mixed in the water the dough was just a tad too sticky, so we added a table spoon or two of flour. I would start out by adding one table spoon and add more as you feel it’s needed.
The Calming Chamomile Melting Dough was finished! I picked it up with my hands and watched it slowly melt off and into the bin.
Little Buddy was in a terrible mood and at this point he had ran off to hang out with daddy so it was just me and Baby Bear. She enjoyed squeezing the dough.
Pushing her hand into the dough made a fantastic hand print that slowly went away after a minute or two.
Pushing on the dough and kneading it actually did have a calming effect on both Baby Bear and I. At one point both kids were playing with their dad and I sat there and played with the dough by myself for about thirty minutes. I highly suggest doing this while you are particularly stressed or just not in a good mood. Adults can play with this stuff too!
Give it a try with Calming Chamomile Melting Dough, or with any other type of play dough and let me know if it helps relieve your stress! You’d be surprised!
If you liked reading about Calming Chamomile Melting Dough you should check out our other sensory play activities!
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