Towards the end of winter, I start craving lots and lots of color. Maybe it’s because I’m tired of the bleakness of winter. Or maybe it’s just because I know spring and St. Patrick’s Day are right around the corner. This confetti rainbow play dough activity came into being because we just wanted some color!
a colorful sensory experience with confetti rainbow play dough
Materials we used
Homemade play dough
Colorful glass gems
Pipe cleaner pieces
How we made the confetti play dough
I started off by making The Imagination Tree’s white play dough. The kids and I had different plans for that play dough at first. We didn’t like our first creation, but we loved the white play dough. So we decided to use it to make our rainbow confetti version! Once the play dough was cooled, we added a little bit of green food coloring.
The kids knew they wanted to break into some of the sensory materials I’d dyed in rainbow colors. They settled on the rainbow barley I’d made for a different activity. To make the colorful barley, I split a few bags of old barley into seven containers. Then I added food coloring (nothing else) and mixed up each color. In some cases, I added more food coloring for stronger colors. Twodaloo created some gorgeously colored barley using a different technique. Next time, I’m going to try her way to compare the results!
So the kiddos kneaded lots of colorful barley into the green play dough. Then we set about finding little bits and bobs to add to our play dough tray. I grabbed random items out of our craft closet that made me think of St. Patrick’s Day. Obviously, any loose parts that kids are interested in could be added to the play dough invitation.
What the kids did
Once everything was ready, the kiddos jumped in. I thought they’d immediately take apart the ball of play dough, but they had fun exploring it that way for a while. They decided to make a pig from Angry Birds (because the play dough was green, they told me). I loved watching them work together and problem solve with this! Making the pig’s snout required a lot of discussion between them.
From there, they went on to see how many gold coins they could shove onto the ball of play dough. They also had fun create a random monster out of it. Then they moved onto smaller items like rainbow cookies and the like. Because we’d added so much rainbow barley to the play dough, it was rather messy! Not all of the barley stayed inside the play dough as the kids manipulated it. But they had a blast, and that’s what matters!
Do you think your kiddos would enjoy our confetti rainbow play dough?
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