Category: Sensory Integration Activity

Calming Lavender Scented Playdough

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The Calming Lavender Scented Playdough is an essential item for the Calm Down Kit (see product) by Chaos and the Clutter designed for children with anxiety disorders to calm them down. It is a do-it-yourself product and can be made easily. To make, follow the following instructions.

Technical Specifications: 

Step One: Gather materials.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3 Tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp. lavender or 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • lavender food coloring
  • glitter (optional – artist uses purple because it is a calming color)

Step Two: Mix the dry ingredients including the lavender together in a pot and stir in the oil, water, and food coloring.

Step Three: Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, being sure to scrape the sides and bottom. Cook until dough forms a ball. Remove from heat.

Step Four: Place it on a piece of wax paper. Knead.

Step Five (optional): Add the glitter and knead. Let cool.

Step Six: Store in an airtight container or in a resealable bag.

A mixer can also be used as follows:

Step Two: Put the dry ingredients into the mixer. Add the oil and food coloring and begin mixing with the flat beater (the one for making dough).

Step Three: Add 2 cups of boiling water and continue to mix until a playdough texture is achieved.

Step Four: Take the dough out of the mixer and knead for one minute.

Step Five: If the artist is adding glitter, add it at this stage and knead to combine it throughout the dough.


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The Chaos and The Clurtter is a website/blog administered by Sharla Kostelyk, a mother of 5, with children with special needs. She shares her experience with some homemade sensory products and with her life. She says...

I want you to find happiness in the chaos and the clutter. As a disorganized, creative, scattered, homeschooling mother of seven, including five with Special Needs, I spent years feeling like I wasn’t measuring up to the “perfect” moms I knew.

I would walk around my house, stepping over toys, crunching a dry Cheerio underfoot, passing by a pile of papers, and trying to ignore the mountain of laundry that seemed to grow by the second, and I would feel like a failure. I felt overwhelmed and stressed out and sometimes was grouchy with my kids as a result, only adding to my feelings of guilt.

I tried every organizational system in the book, but mastered none. I was letting the best years with my children slip away and was determined that if I could not change the state of the house, at least I could change my attitude.


At The Chaos and The Clutter, I share with you some of my small victories. I am real. I tell the truth about the imperfect parent that I am. I hope that this will be a place where people can be their true “mismatched socks because there weren’t any clean ones” selves!

My everyday life is never ordinary. Most days, I still feel like I am drowning in the busyness! I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I will share anything that has helped me, anything that hasn’t, and the humorous moments in between.

Another type of clutter that I am trying to get rid of is financial clutter. There is just no happiness to be found there! We are trying to climb out of debt and I will also share those tips I learn along the way.

I hope that you will join me in trying to find the blessings and the joy in among the chaos and the clutter!