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Lemon Playdough

Lemon Playdough Recipe
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Kneading Time5 mins


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water Note: fill remaining cup with water after lemon juice is added
  • 2 drops concentrated yellow food coloring


  • In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, cream of tartar, salt) and mix well.
  • Squeeze the juice out of 1 lemon and pour into a 1 cup measuring cup.
    Squeeze Lemon Juice
  • Fill the remaining measuring 1 cup with water.
  • Add 2 drops of yellow food coloring into the water and mix.
  • Add the vegetable oil and water/lemon juice with food coloring to a large pot. Mix together.
  • Add the dry ingredients to your pot and mix well.
  • Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry.
  • Once it starts to form a ball together and looks fully cooked, take off the heat. Let the dough cool first before touching
  • Once cool, knead the dough for 5 minutes to make the dough soft.
  • Grate the rind of 2 lemons with a zester. Knead the lemon zest into the playdough to create a a stronger natural lemon scent. Once kneaded in you shouldn't be able to see it the lemon zest.



Note - this recipe has a very light lemon scent. For a stronger flavor, see our Kool-Aid playdough recipe (use lemonade) or use lemon flavoring.