I came up with this recipe because my 4yo was asking to make play dough and I’d just found an extra lemon hanging out in our kitchen.
So: lemon scented play dough.
Because scented sensory play is fun for everyone, including moms.
Seriously. I love playing with this stuff.
Anyway, the ingredients are pretty basic.
And it’s easy to put together – you just throw everything in a pot:
Then you keep stirring it over medium heat until it looks like this:
And then you knead it to make it smooth.
As you can see in the blurry photo below, my daughter was already grabbing pieces of it to play with before I had a chance to knead it. :)
Just be careful, because it will be hot. I kinda like digging my hands into the warm dough, tho.
Here are a few pics of them playing with the deliciously scented dough:
Oh – and playing with it on their easy-to-clean Jake placemats, of course!
Lemon Scented Play Dough
1 cup lemon juice (or water added to squeezed lemon juice to equal 1 cup)
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
Zest from one lemon
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1 tsp. lemon extract
Yellow food coloring
Begin by zesting and juicing one lemon.
Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a glass measuring cup. If it is less than one cup, add water until it reaches the 1 cup line.
Mix all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, adding enough food coloring to reach your desired color.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes together into a ball.
Remove from heat and knead until smooth.
Store covered. Will keep for about two weeks.
[Note: even though all of the ingredients are technically edible, please don’t let your kids ingest this. Also, if your child is going to help with the kneading, please remember that the dough will still be hot when you first remove it from the pan. If stored in a sealed container, this will last many months.]
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