This lovely lemonade play dough recipe is perfect for some summer sensory fun! With only a few everyday ingredients, a sweet batch of citrus-scented dough is almost as easy to make as a batch of lemonade!
Ingredients Needed for Lemonade Play Dough
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 packet of lemonade drink mix, mixed into the water
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1 TBS cream of tartar
- 1 cup flour
- lemon extract (optional)
- yellow food color or liquid watercolor (optional)
Mix It All Together
First, mix all of the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. When the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball, remove it from the heat. Next, let the dough cool. Knead it well, and store the lemonade play dough in an air-tight container when not in use.
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Fun Opportunities with Lemonade Play Dough
- Read “It Began with Lemonade” by Gideon Sterer. Next, put out the lemonade play dough with fruit molds, citrus juicers, plastic ice cubes, cups, and straws. The students make lemons from the dough, cut them, squeeze them, and make pretend lemonade!
- Make a batch of this play dough and set it out with a tray of summer manipulatives like:
- plastic ice cubes
- fruit shaped cookie cutters
- mini erasers
- mini drink umbrellas
- Mix and match with a batch of the irresistible strawberry play dough for sweet and sour pink lemonade!
- Make fruit pies by placing pans and dough rollers out with the play dough, and watch little bakers start rolling dough to fill the pie tins.
More Summer Fun Resources
Pick a bunch of these fun resources to continue the classroom learning!
- Set up a lemonade stand in your space to sell lemonade, practice math skills and entrepreneurship.
- Engage students during the hotter months with Summer Circle Time activities.
- Expand on the sense of smell by investigating the 5 Senses circle time unit.
- Early learners will have a ball with these Summer Math and Literacy centers.
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