If you have some lemonade lovers at your house, this is the perfect lemonade play dough to whip up for some fun sensory play!
This is a no-cook playdough recipe that just involves adding boiling water, which an older child could help with, and makes use of Pink Lemonade drink crystals — I tried using our Pink Lemonade tea to make the dough and it didn’t turn out as well.
Check out our quick video for how to make homemade play dough – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe:
- Vegetable Oil <– you can use melted coconut oil but if it’s cold where you are, it will make the play dough a bit tough at the start of playing (will soften with the heat of hands playing)
- Cream of Tartar <– I buy the big container or from a bulk store as those little jars are so expensive! A bulk container will last us for months of play dough making – and can also be used for soft sugar cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, etc.
- Pink lemonade crystals
- Pink food coloring, optional if you want it more pink than our pictures <– this set of food coloring has lasted me forever and I love that it creates highly saturated colors with just a drop
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Boil the water as you stir together your dry ingredients.
Pour the oil and water into the dry ingredients and stir together until they form a ball.
Once all ingredients are stirred up, turn the dough onto a counter and knead until smooth. You may need to add a bit more flour or lemonade crystals to the mixture.
(If you were really opposed to buying and using Pink Lemonade crystals, you could try your luck with a lemon flavour extract and a natural pink dye or watercolour paint, but I have not tried that myself and cannot vouch for the results.)
I set out the pink lemonade play dough with plastic ice cubes (straight from the freezer), a plastic juicer, straws and scissors, and some small cups and spoons. The cold ice cubes gave a nice contrast to the fresh, warm playdough, while the straws and scissors allowed for some cutting practice which helps build hand strength. (Play dough is often mentioned for its sensory benefits, but it also great for building hand strength and dexterity in a fun, approachable way.) I love the variety of textures and materials that this playdough invitation subtly offers, and I think it would be a great addition to our “lll” is for lemonade mini-unit.
Grab our free printable recipe for our pink lemonade play dough:
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 T cream of tartar
- 1 T oil
- 2 T pink lemonade crystals
- Food coloring, optional
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Boil the water as you stir together your dry ingredients.
- Pour the oil and water into the dry ingredients and stir together until they form a ball.
- Once all ingredients are stirred up, turn the dough onto a counter and knead until smooth. You may need to add a bit more flour or lemonade crystals to the mixture.
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