Rainbow playdough with liquid watercolours

Yesterday morning I made up some fresh playdough and coloured it using liquid watercolours as we had run out of food colouring. Normally I would add the colour whilst the playdough mix is on the stove, but this time I added it at the end. Once the colours were mixed into the playdough I then put it on a plate in the fridge for half the day to add another sensory element plus it helps it to set a bit better if the mixture is a bit sticky.

liquid watercolour and playdough

I came across the idea of Colour surprise rainbow playdough which is another great way of using colour with playdough. I might try this next time.

outdoor playdough play

This was our outdoor set up; some molding tools and loose parts, tiles and a wooden board which is also used for block play to put everything on.

rolling pinsplaydough cutting practicecold playdoughrainbow playdoughplaydough mixed together

This is what the playdough looks like when some of the colours are mixed together. The colours are not vibrant but it gives a nice marbling effect. I would have liked the mix to have been a little bit less sticky (cooked a bit longer) but I know over the weeks that the play dough will dry out a bit and become easier to mold with.

One of the Play dough recipes I use (stove top):

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 4 tbs cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbs cooking oil
  • colouring of choice

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until mixture congeals, usually approx 3-5 minutes.


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