Make some orange and lemon play dough using a super quick, 4 minute recipe, for sensory rich, tactile play time for toddlers and preschoolers! It smells so wonderful that it fills the room with a fresh, zingy aroma and is great for waking up to start the day!
We are HUGE fans of play dough and all its developmental and educational benefits for little hands and minds. So much so that we have played and concocted with over 50 different play dough recipes and activities here over the past few years! Here are some favourite flavours that we hadn’t et written about, some zingy and wonderfully fresh-scented orange and lemon play dough.
To make the orange play dough we simply added a sachet of orange jelly (jello) powder to our usual 4 minute no-cook recipe, after the hot water stage. Knead it in as usual and be amazed at the gorgeousness of the scent!
For the lemon we added a few drops of yellow food colouring and 1 tsp of finely grated lemon peel, as well as 1-2 drops of lemon balm essence. You can see more recipes using essential oils in our aromatherapy play dough activity here. Knead well on a dry surface and then PLAY!
We added some lovely gold and silver plastic bead strings (stock up on these at Christmas in the £1 shops for year-round sensory play fun!) They made fantastic pattern impressions and reflected beautifully with the bright colours.
It is also great fun to explore natural patterns in dough, pushing in pine cones, leaves, shells and bark to see the impression that they leave behind.
After play is finished the doughs can be stored for up to 6 months in an air tight container at room temperature (or 3 months in the fridge in a zip-loc bag if you live somewhere with high humidity.)
For dozens of other ways to play with play dough and salt dough, visit this category to search.
Check out our Play Dough and Salt Dough Pinterest board too!