“Lemoney” Lemon Play Dough…A Little “Post Nap” Therapy

“Each day has a color, a smell.”  ~Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Today we had some grumpy girls. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather, or the common cold bug…but the two girl smalls were blue. They both woke from their afternoon naps in a fuss. The crying and the runny noses were just too much. And “who ya gonna call” when you’re in a bind? Pinterest, of course!

Oh, the great NurtureStore. She always has somthin’ up her sleeve. I opened my Pinterest and there on my feed was the prettiest sunshiney yellow sensory rice tub.  It’s a thing of beauty. One can’t be sad, or groggy, whiny or cross while playing in it, I’m sure of it.

I decided what these girls needed was a good dose of sunshine and a refreshing whiff of one of the happiest scents in the kitchen…lemon.

These 2 girls love play dough. So I gathered up all the ingredients to make our favourite play dough recipe, and I added a few special ingredients…Before I added the lemon zest to the dough myself, I thought better of it. Maybe the girls could get a good “small-motor skills workout” if I let them do it!

I gave each girl half of the play dough and sprinkled the lemon zest on the table in front of them. They poked holes in their dough…And they filled them up with zest sprinkles…And as they worked, the pale, cranky faces began to change. The smiles and happy chatter took over my kitchen. All was well.And it smelled so “lemoney” and cheerful! One of the girls decided that’s what she wanted for dinner…lemoney lemon pie!

So thank you, NurtureStore, for such great and happy inspiration. Lemon and sunshine chased our blues right out the back door!

Here is our full recipe for our “Lemoney Lemon Playdough”, just in case you don’t have a favourite recipe yet!*We store our play dough in a tin, or plastic container and it lasts for weeks!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Arlee, Small Potatoes

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18 thoughts on ““Lemoney” Lemon Play Dough…A Little “Post Nap” Therapy

  1. OOH! I LOVE this idea!! Can’t wait to try it with my kiddos! Thank you for sharing! Planning to try it with my pure lemon essential oil for some added therapeutic benefits 🙂 So fun!

  2. Hi, thanx for the recipe. Do you know if it is possible to replace the cream of tartar in it with baking soda? Problem is that it would be very hard to find this here (Czech republic, Europe), maybe in some winery, definitely not in shops.

  3. I love your beginning quote. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is such a wonderful author. I’ve read several of her books and I think she is brilliant. Give her a whirl sometime if you haven’t already. 🙂 P.S. I love the idea of lemon playdough. I might make some for myself…I could use a little sunshine during the winter. 🙂

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