Lemon Play Dough Recipe

For our first week of preschool, we are focusing on the letter L.  I told the kids I would make a batch of homemade play dough and decided to add a new lemon play dough to our line up since it’s L week.  Bryson and Bella love play dough and it’s rare that we don’t have a big batch ready for play.  I love to listen to their conversations as their imaginations take off while playing with play dough and cookie cutters.  It’s great for imaginative play and their fine motor skills and well, it’s just fun.  I’m going to try to come up with new recipes to match most of weekly themes and we’ll continue using our old favorites like Koolaid play dough and apple pie play dough.

To create the lemon play dough, I used our basic play dough recipe then added lemon extract and yellow food color.  For texture, you can add some lemon zest to enhance the sensory experience.  As always, we bring out rolling pins, stamping cubes (both from the Melissa & Dough Shape, Model, & Mold Kit) and cookie cutters for play dough play.  The 101 piece Wilton cookie cutter set is perfect for kids because it includes letters, numbers, animals- something for every theme and they are plastic so you don’t have to worry about sharp edges.  We’ve used this set for about 3 years now!

 Lemon Play Dough

Lemon Play Dough Recipe

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Lemon Play Dough
Recipe type: preschool, crafts, play dough
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp. lemon extract
  • ½ tsp. yellow food color
  • 1 cup water
  • lemon zest (optional)
  1. In a large pot, combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add in vegetable oil, food color, extract and water, stir.
  3. Cook over medium heat until the dough pulls away from pot and starts to become dry.
  4. Turn off heat, let cool, and knead.

If you give this lemon play dough recipe a try, let me know what you think!

Lemon Play Dough Recipe

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  1. I love this idea! Lemon is my favorite scent so I might even want to play with this!

  2. Could you use real lemon juice instead of extract?

  3. Love this. Zoe still loves creating with Play Dough. So bright and cheery!

  4. That is a great twist on your regular recipe.

  5. SUCH a great idea!! (And you could do so many others – G for Grape, S for Strawberry and so on!)

  6. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh this is so neat! I love the lemon smell! Carter and I would have so much fun making this!

  7. Kimberly Carroll says:

    Thank you for the Lemon Play dough recipe! This is a great creative craft to do with the kids!!


  1. […] Monday was our first official day of preschool.  Because I wanted to focus on our learning time together, I only have a few photos.  It was a great first day learning about the letter L and how to let our light shine for God.  We put together puzzles and played with the lemon play dough. […]

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