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.
- 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
- additional colouring if you want it extra pink!
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.