DIY Natural Scented “Thinking Putty” or Playdough

Every few months we discover an excuse to make a new batch of playdough.   This time we had an overabundance of dried herbs from our garden and thought we would give natural scented playdough a try. Of course we are always on the lookout for a new, amazingly-fabulous recipe to try as well.  This time we decided on a “Thinking Putty” recipe from Natural Beach Living’s beautiful website.  Thinking Putty is an amazing sensory tool.  It can reduce anxiety and stress while simultaneously increasing focus, keeping little ones on task when needed. It is a wonderful addition to homeschool life, throw some in your Morning/Poetry Basket and another batch in your little’s pencil case.


  1. Add 1 cup Cornstarch to medium sized bowl
  2. Squeeze in 3 oz. of unscented, natural lotion
  3. Mix it with a spoon and then your hands
  4. Add in dried herbs, cocoa or dried flowers

“Mini Spatula Set” by Joie


  Essential oils would be an amazing addition to this and could be tailored to your child’s needs depending on the day.


As mentioned, we picked and dried lavender and peppermint from our garden this summer, so that’s what we chose to use.   We went through the pantry and tried to think of what else would give a wonderful aroma….hot chocolate was the winner!

Warning…the chocolate smell next to the peppermint is almost too amazing…resist the urge to eat it!


The end results were just beautiful!  I really hope you give this one a try!

Here are a few examples of how we used our putty throughout the week.



“Playdough Tools” by ALEX Toys


“Mini Yarn” by Mira Handcrafts


“Clay Activity Set” by Melissa and Doug



If you want the real deal, this is a great option!

Great for fidgety kids or adults (myself included)!


“Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty” by Crazy Aaron’s Putty World

Please let me know if you give this a try!

What is your favorite putty or dough recipe?  You know…for next time 😉


Hoping HAPPY is within easy reach for you today,



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