rainbow play dough

Rainbow Playdough Recipe

Get ready to take your child’s sensory play time over the rainbow with this easy and fun homemade play dough recipe that will add a burst of color and spark their imaginations. Join us as we mix, mold, and create an explosion of colors resulting in this classic soft, squishy play dough. This is a great child-friendly recipe and DIY family activity that can be made over and over again for endless playtime possibilities. So let's dive in and craft a rainbow of fun together!


Ingredients of play dough.

Gather Your Supplies:

These are the ingredients for this project:

  • 1 cup of flour 
  • 1/3 cup of salt 
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of water (warm)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or vegetable)
  • Food coloring
  • Optional - a dash of vanilla for a soft scent
  • Jars for storage


Create your Rainbow Play Dough:

 Step 1: Mix your dry ingredients together (salt, flour, cream of tartar). Stir in your oil and water and heat over medium to low heat. Stir constantly until the dough starts to form a ball and thickens. If you are making one color dough, add your food coloring now. If you want to do more than one color, add after dividing dough into sections and knead in color later.

Cooked play dough.

Step 2: Place the dough on a piece of wax paper and let cool slightly, then knead until smooth. If the dough is too dry, add a bit more oil. If you are doing multiple colors, divide your dough and add food coloring now.

Play dough recipe.

Step 3: Once completely cooled, your playdough is ready for play time! This dough lasts for 3-4 months. Store in an airtight container (like a lidded jar or bag) and in a cool dry place.

Rainbow play dough colors.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Rainbow play dough.


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