It was time for some new playdough so I asked the children what colour they would like this time. Little Man answered “yellow,” straight away, so yellow it had to be! It was a pretty good choice with Spring on the way (although you wouldn’t know it from how cold it’s been today!). I added some lemon scent to it using a lemon oil based extract (specifically Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference lemon extract), rather than lemon essence. It was only a fraction more expensive and it packs a real lemony punch. When the children play with it, it fills the playroom with a lovely lemony aroma! This is a cooked playdough recipe which I haven’t done in a while – it was surprisingly quick and has a really nice light texture. I made it in a non-stick pan which I think is definitely the way to go.
To make lemon playdough, you will need:
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
2 heaped tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups water
a few drops of yellow food colouring (how much you will need will depend on the brand and how yellow you want your playdough to be!)
a few drops of glycerine
1 tablespoon lemon extract (see note above)
To make the playdough:
Put all the ingredients except the lemon extract in a non-stick pan over a low heat. Stir continuously until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Remove from the heat.
Allow the dough to cool a little, turn out of the pan and knead in the lemon oil. Continue to knead until smooth.