Lemon Play Dough Recipe

Lemon Play Dough LETTER L

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

Egg Carton Bug Craft

DIY Bugs Egg Carton Craft

One of the great things about crafting with kids is that it never has to be perfect.  Crafting for us is just an opportunity to get creative and in this case, recycle some items in our home.  We had so much fun on this egg carton craft.  The kids loved making these egg carton bugs and were happy to be able to play with them when they were finished drying.

DIY Bugs Egg Carton Craft

Please join me over at the GummyLump blog where I share the supplies, tutorial, and some cute photos for these adorable egg carton bugs.

Handprint Turkey Shirt with Puffy Paint Tutorial #ilovetocraft

turkey handprint shirt craft thanksgiving

I know it’s only October, but this handprint turkey shirt is so fun to make and cute that you’ll want to do it now so your child can begin wearing it.  Y’all know that I never craft alone- my kids are always involved and this shirt is no exception.  After receiving a pack of puffy paint as part of an iLoveToCreate challenge, this handprint turkey shirt instantly came to mind.  One thing to remember is that this shirt doesn’t have to be perfect- it’s supposed to be a fun craft and activity to do with your children.


Turkey Handprint Shirt Kid Craft

How to Make a Handprint Turkey Shirt

12 Puffy Paint Multipack

You’ll need:

a plain white Tshirt
black or brown fabric paint
fabric puffy paint multipack

Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint Shirt Puffy Paint

  • Start by laying your Tshirt flat.  Insert a piece of cardboard into the shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through.  I used a placemat because that’s just what I had on hand and it worked well.


  • Next, paint the inside of your child’s hand and their thumbs with the black or brown fabric paint.  Do not paint their fingers.  Help them place their hands on the shirt and press firmly.  Gently remove their hands from the shirt and let dry.


  • Take the fabric puffy paint and begin to decorate your turkey.  I began by tracing the outline of the turkey body and head, then I drew the legs with bright orange puffy paint.


  • Finish the design by drawing the feathers, coloring them in, and adding a gobbler.  I’m no artist, y’all, so if I can do this, you can do it!


  • Let it dry for several hours or overnight.


turkey handprint shirt craft thanksgiving

I love the way our handprint turkey shirt turned out and Bryson is proud of his work on it!  We’ll have to work on making Bella one soon.

For other great ideas, check out the iLoveToCreate Pinterest page and the crafts below:

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