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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults Pancake playdough recipe with lemon peel sprinkles!
Roll, cut, flip and stack doughy rounds and enjoy your Shrove Tuesday's otherwise batter filled day!  Use the juice of a lemon as part of the doh's recipe and freshly grated rind to add scent and texture to the surface of the dough as it's moulded and served.
If you happen to grow lemon verbena in the garden, the leaves and a pair of scissors add a new dimension to the activities.

pancake counting - playdough stacks

Lemon playdough recipe ingredients
  • 250g plain flour
  • 100g salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon made up to 200ml with water 
  • Rind/peel of lemon to sprinkle over the cooked dough 
  • 30ml olive or baby oil
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • yellow food colouring  
  • fragrance oil (optional)
  • fragrance free moisturiser (optional)
  • Ground cinnamon (optional)  
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan except the rind and cook until a firm dough forms and it leaves the side of the pan cleanly.

Leave to cool then knead until smooth, add the moisuriser ad this point to improve the doughs elasticity and avoid some of the drying effect the salt may have on children's hands..

Fro texture and scent, sprinkle over the lemon peel and dust the surface with  cinnamon.

Resources for play
frying pans - spatulas - rolling pins - cutters - serving plates

: for role play and building number stacks on

2x pancake playdough mats

6x sharing pancakes

Number discs 0 - 20

Printables: frying pan outlines on

2 pancake playdough mat printables
6 pancake playdough mat printabls for preschool maths and numeracy activities
Number counting discs for serving pancakes
Make lemon pancake playdough with peel, juice, flour, salt, colouring and oil

Yellow playdough recipe - lemon peel and juice ingredients

stack of playdough pancakes with lemon peel topping

Lemon peel pancake playdough activity for Shrove Tuesday activities


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