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Easy Homemade Rainbow Unicorn Playdough

Easy Homemade Rainbow Unicorn Playdough

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.

Easy homemade Rainbow Glitter Playdough for kids

To make homemade playdough you need flour, lots of salt, cream of tarter, vegetable oil and water.

Playdough Ingredients

  • 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.

Easy homemade salt playdough with cream of tarter

Easy homemade salt playdough

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.

Glittery Rainbow Unicorn Playdough How-to

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!

Rainbow playdough with essential oils

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!

Fun rainbow playdough kids activity

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?

Rainbow Unicorn Playdough kids activity and recipe

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Easy DIY Rainbow Unicorn Playdough for preschool or kids sensory activity

Author Bio


Katie has been married for 9 years, has 3 young children, and loves creative projects, photography, decorating, and encouraging others to pursue their ideas. She loves the Lord and feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with opportunities to enjoy creative outlets from home.

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