Homemade Playdough in a Rainbow of Colours

Raise your hand if you love homemade playdough!  I do!  I do!  It’s so easy to make!  I made a big batch of rainbow playdough the other night, by dividing it and colouring into 6 different portions.

I’ve made a LOT of playdough in my day, and this is my very favourite recipe.  It’s fast – you can make it in minutes, it’s no-cook, so the kids can totally help, and it stays soft and smooth for months as long as you keep it in an airtight bag or container.  We even left this stuff sitting out in the backyard during nap-time, and it didn’t dry out!  It truly is awesome playdough.

Head on over to The Imagination Tree for this 5 minute, no-cook playdough recipe. 

You can use whatever colouring you have on hand – gel colours, liquid food colours and even liquid watercolours.  I personally love Wilton icing gels because you just need a little bit to get really rich, vibrant colours.  I’ve never been able to get my colours this bright with liquid food colouring.

This morning, I put a plastic table-cloth down on the deck, and set the playdough up with an assortment of “tools”: scissors, craft sticks, beads, plastic toothpicks, coloured bowls etc., and told the Hooligans to feel free to mix the colours together as they played.

This is something I used to struggle with before making my own playdough.  It’s expensive, so there was always a desire to keep the colours separate.  When you make your own though, it costs almost nothing, and you can make a new batch whenever you want, so mixing the colours isn’t an issue.

And it’s SO much more fun when you mix them up!  We had a little candy/cookie/cake shop going on.  The results when you blend the colours together are just beautiful, aren’t they?

If you’re looking for a good playdough recipe, head on over to @the imagination tree.  Anna has some great recipes there.  Nurturestore also has a free downloadable ebook full of playdough recipes!

Mix up a batch and make your little one’s day!

Looking for another neat playdough activity?  Check out our potato head playdough!  So simple and fun!


    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks, Cathy! They get so much more out of it when you let them mix it up! It’s like candy for the eyes!

    • happyhooligans says

      I think this might be an old tupperware tray, Emily. I always see lots of sectioned trays at second-hand shops, and you can find lots of really pretty ones at the dollar store.

  1. says

    Hey love your ideas, everything we have tried from your blog has worked and the kudos have enjoyed it. Just wanted to update that the recipe ebook link connects to a $8.99 downloaded “new and improved” ebook rather than the free version…

    • happyhooligans says

      Hi Misty. Sorry, but I’m not sure what recipe book you’re referring to. I do have a preschool activity e-book available for download on my blog, but it’s never been “new and improved”, and it’s never been offered free of charge. It’s an 8.99 download that was offered for a couple of dollars less back in April, but that discount was only available for a week when the book was first released. Perhaps you can give me a little more info so I might understand what book you’re referring to.


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