My kids love color, glitter and playdough so we combined all three and made rainbow unicorn playdough! This easy salt dough recipe involves creating a range of playdough colors and mixing them all together. Of course a generous sprinkling of glitter is the finishing touch.
To make homemade playdough you need flour, lots of salt, cream of tarter, vegetable oil and water.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup flour
- Food coloring & glitter (optional)
How to make Playdough
Mix together the water, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a saucepan over low heat until warm. It’s helpful to fully dissolve the salt into the water before adding the flour. Slowly mix in the flour and stir until the mixture reaches a doughy consistency. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
We divided up our homemade salt playdough into balls and kneaded food coloring into each piece. It’s helpful to use parchment paper as your work surface so you don’t stain the countertop. Kneading food coloring into small pieces of the cooled white playdough allows you to make a bunch of colors!
Sprinkle the homemade unicorn playdough with glitter and let your kids have fun mixing the colors. I reminded my kids that mixing the colors will eventually create brown, but they had a lot of fun making colorful playdough creations! We were even able to salvage some of the colored pieces to save for later. If your kids mix all the playdough together into brown, you can always make more later.
We also added some lavender essential oil to our playdough. Essential oils make the dough smell not so salty and turns regular playdough into an aromatherapy activity!
My kids always enjoy making playdough and it’s an easy project I can whip up to fill an afternoon. Playdough also teaches kids how to play independently and provides opportunities to practice sharing. My girls love any creative activity that involves glitter and color!
Colorful glittery unicorn playdough is easy to make and fun to play with. Your kids will love making shimmery creations with this fun sensory activity. Which colors will you create?
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Katie is a writer and influencer based in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. She enjoys DIY projects, photography, decorating and going on family adventures. She feels blessed to be a wife, a stay-at-home mom to three kids and a Pacific Northwest lifestyle blogger.