Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

Rainbows and Unicorns Playdough Activity {Playdough Recipe Included}

Today we’re sharing one of our all-time favorite playdough themes – rainbows and unicorns. This is the perfect activity for children of all ages and adults too! We love how colorful and cheery this activity is. Read on to see all the fun we had with this playdough activity.

Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

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What You’ll Need

Playdough (find our one-pot family recipe here)

Food coloring

Cookie cutters (this is one of our favorite brands!)

Gems or mosaic shapes

Mini rolling pin

Plastic play knife

Divided tray

 

What to Do

Begin by making a batch or two (we typically make one batch per child) of our one-pot playdough. This is our tried and true recipe that is super easy to make. However, if you’re not up to making homemade playdough this time around, store-bought playdough will work just fine too! After you’ve made your playdough, allow it to cool a few minutes and then carefully plop it onto a sheet of parchment paper. Allow it to cool several more minutes. While it cools, you can take out your additional supplies needed for the activity and place them in your divided tray.

How to make playdough - sharing the family recipe for playdough at @theartkit

Once your playdough has cooled enough to handle, divide it into six piles. Then, simply make a bit of an indentation in your playdough, add some food coloring in the middle of your playdough, and fold your playdough over and over until the coloring has been incorporated. We typically wear disposable gloves while coloring playdough, just to keep our hands from coming out rainbow colored, but if you don’t have any on hand, you could always place the playdough (along with the food coloring that you’ve just added) on a piece of plastic wrap and use the plastic wrap as a sort of shield while you fold the food coloring into the playdough.

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Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

Once your playdough has been colored, place it into your divided tray, along with the other materials, and invite your child to play.

Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

We had SO much fun with our rainbows and unicorns playdough activity and it even kept the kids entertained for hours while I prepped dinner. As much as they enjoy helping out with dinner, the playdough won out this time. 🙂 Of course I had to play a bit too – this was just too inviting of an activity not to. 😉

Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

First we marbled the playdough and made unicorns.

Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

Then, of course, we had to add in some mosaic shapes. 🙂

Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

Then we made rainbows.

Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

And rolled playdough in gems …

Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

It was fun just experimenting with the different layers of colored playdough.

Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

How did your children enjoy this activity? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

Want more? Be sure to check out some of our other fun activities:

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Watermelon playdough activity

Pom pom cupcake liner craft

Rainbows and unicorns playdough activity for kids from the art kit blog

 


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