The other day we made this bright and wonderfully lemon scented playdough! As you might already know if you follow us, Penguin loves the taste of lemons, so I thought this should be a hit. Also, the scent of lemons is a great spirit lifter, and I think we can all do with one of those now and then! The yellow colour is certainly cheerful too, and feels very right for this time of year, with all the daffodils, Easter decorations, and the warm spring sunshine (though we haven’t had too much of that so far this year, right?!).
So, here’s how we made it:
We started by getting all the ingredients out:
- One lemon
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 sachet/tsp of Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 cup of salt
- approx 1,5 cups of water (if it’s really hot when you add it, you probably won’t need to cook the dough at all, though we did so, very briefly)
- Yellow food colouring (optional, but necessary if you want that sunny colour!)
First job was to zest the lemon, which was something Penguin helped with really well (although he kept thinking he was done after every seven strokes or so). That smell of zest is just amazing, I can’t get enough of it.
Then we squeezed all the juice out of the fruit. Great hand strengthening exercise by the way. Squeeeezing! It made about half a cup of lemon juice.
We put all the dry ingredients (flour, salt and Cream of Tartar) in a saucepan and gave them a stir, then added the lemon zest and juice along with water and a few drops of food colouring. Didn’t it make a lovely looking mess?
When stirring it together, I felt it was a little bit too hard/dry, so added a bit more water. If you on the other hand would end up with a mix that is well too wet, add some flour. You can also work in more colouring if you feel it’s needed.
Once it all comes together into a lump (which doesn’t take long!), get it out of the saucepan and kneed it with your hands for a little bit. Then your good to go!
Penguin loves the feel of warm playdough (who doesn’t?) so was keen to get his hands on it right away. The scent however is more delicious once it’s cooled down. Penguin’s first thought was to use the (still zesty) grater to make an exciting texture in the dough, very tactile! I went on to make an Easter themed playdough mat, with a lot of potentially yellow areas. That’s in our next post!