rainbow play dough next to wooden figures and play silks

Rainbow Play Dough Recipe

This vibrant activity not only ignites children's creativity but also nurtures their sensory development and fine motor skills. Whether it's a rainy day project or a fun addition to a playdate, crafting rainbow play dough provides a hands-on experience that both kids and adults will enjoy. Gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and let's dive into this homemade rainbow play dough recipe!

Rainbow play dough next to rainbow tomten dolls

Gather Your Supplies:

These are the supplies 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
  • Jars for storage

Create your Rainbow 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.

Play dough in a pan


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


Step 3: Once cooled, your play dough is ready! This dough lasts for 3-4 months. Store in an airtight container and in a cool dry place. Enjoy!

Rainbow play dough next to a wooden cow


We hope your summer is filled with engaging fun and heaps of family laughter and love, and a few crafternoons spent together. Share your play, crafts, reading, learning or anything magical with us on Instagram @bellalunatoys and use our hashtag #bellalunatoys for a chance to be featured on our feed or stories. Happy crafting!

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