Rainbow playdough

As you can probably tell from my Rainbow rice post, I love colourful, rainbow activities…so  I have been dying to try this recipe from The Imagination Tree!! This weekend, my niece (almost 4 years old) came for a sleepover, so it was the perfect excuse to play and get messy.


This is the easiest recipe I’ve found yet and it makes AMAZING play dough. The colours were good (although the pink looks a bit orange or ‘peach’ as my niece pointed out).

All you need is:

  • 2 cups flour (plain)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar (I modified this to a smaller amount as I didn’t have much in the cupboard)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Food colouring (in your choice of rainbow colours)

What to do:

It’s basically a case of throwing it all in a bowl and mixing, honestly, it’s so easy. Add together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil and mix. Then add the boiling water, mix with a spoon until right consistency. Leave to cool until it’s safe to knead in the colouring and that’s it! Tip: Use gloves to knead as the colouring can get a bit messy.

After the play dough was ready, my niece was ready to get stuck in. My image of separate, colourful play dough didn’t last long, as the first thing she did was squash it all together to make a giant ‘rainbow ball’. This however looked pretty cool, as the play dough made a marble effect as it mixed together.

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After all the colours were sufficiently squashed, next was rolling. We talked about how the colours were stretching as they were getting longer. We kept turning over the play dough to find out what had happened on the opposite side.

There was a lot of talk about colour mixing, size, shapes and patterns. We used simple tools to make holes and patterns in the play dough, too.


The play lasted for ages and she even wanted to take it home to play with her younger sister (19 months). This activity is great for little ones of all ages (not edible though, so watch children who like to taste).

Have you tried this recipe? Have you come across tips to make play dough better? Share your play dough ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ with me xx


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