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Making Play Dough into Beautiful Rainbow Swirls - 7 Days of Play

Making Play Dough into Beautiful Rainbow Swirls

making play dough into rainbow swirls

Making play dough with our simple recipe is so easy and fast! Take it one step further by transforming it into beautiful rainbow swirls! Keep reading to find out how you can make it too!

Our No Cook Homemade Play Dough Recipe!

Before you can combine your colors to make a fun swirl, you’ll have to make some homemade play dough! Our no-cook homemade play dough recipe is super easy to make and doesn’t require any cooking beyond heating up the water in the microwave! You can make any color you’d like, and while we made all 6 colors of the rainbow, all you need is 2 colors to make a fun swirl pattern!

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Watch How to Create Swirl Play Dough!

If you’ve ever made or watched someone make swirl cookies or cinnamon bread, the process of making swirl play dough is very similar! It is all about layering each color and then rolling them all up together to create a fun, vibrant pattern!

Adapt the colors with whatever preference or theme you are going for. In the past, we’ve made a rose-scented swirl for Valentine’s Day with white and pink play dough, and we’ve also made a unicorn-themed play dough swirl with pink, yellow, and turquoise!

Watch How to Create Swirl Play Dough!

If you’ve ever made or watched someone make swirl cookies or cinnamon bread, the process of making swirl play dough is very similar! It is all about layering each color and then rolling them all up together to create a fun, vibrant pattern!

Adapt the colors with whatever preference or theme you are going for. In the past, we’ve made a rose-scented swirl for Valentine’s Day with white and pink play dough, and we’ve also made a unicorn-themed play dough swirl with pink, yellow, and turquoise!

Making Play Dough for Kits and Gifts!

Play dough is so fun to include in kits that you can use whenever you need a quick activity to set up (definitely a great rainy day idea!), or as a gift!

We have made play dough kits in so many themes: ocean, insect, unicorn, car, princess, Mickey Mouse, Power Ranger, alphabet, dinosaur, Frozen, Aladdin, Peppa the Pig, birthday, and more!

Play dough can last up to 6 months if sealed properly. We like to use clear plastic container jars with lids. These lids are small enough to fit in kits too!

Keep in mind that overtime, swirl play dough will lose some of it’s vibrancy when stored.

Making Play Dough for Kits and Gifts!

Play dough is so fun to include in kits that you can use whenever you need a quick activity to set up (definitely a great rainy day idea!), or as a gift!

We have made play dough kits in so many themes: ocean, insect, unicorn, car, princess, Mickey Mouse, Power Ranger, alphabet, dinosaur, Frozen, Aladdin, Peppa the Pig, birthday, and more!

Play dough can last up to 6 months if sealed properly. We like to use clear plastic container jars with lids. These lids are small enough to fit in kits too!

Keep in mind that overtime, swirl play dough will lose some of it’s vibrancy when stored.

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Make at least two colors of play dough.

Step 2

Roll out each of the layers using a rolling pin.

Step 3

Stack the layers on top of each other.

Step 4

Use the rolling pin to flatten all the layers together a little more.

Step 5

From bottom to top, roll the play dough into a roll to desired thickness.

Step 6

Trim the edges and then cut into individual portions and enjoy!

Step 1

Make at least two colors of play dough.

Step 2

Roll out each of the layers using a rolling pin.

Step 3

Roll out each of the layers using a rolling pin.

Step 4

Use the rolling pin to flatten all the layers together a little more.

Step 5

From bottom to top, roll the play dough into a roll to desired thickness.

Step 6

Trim the edges and then cut into individual portions and enjoy!

Perks of Playing with Play Dough

Play dough is the ultimate sensory play experience. There are a lot of sensory bases available to explore (more on that below), but play dough is such a classic! The kids can mold it, hold it, shape it, and use it to make letters and other fun designs as well. You can also explore color mixing with play dough!

It is also fantastic for strengthening fine motor skills. As they grip and mold, kid’s hands and fingers are getting a great work out! Just think about all the different movements the hands will make in just a short time of playing with play dough – roll, stretch, mold, pinch, push, to name a few!

They can also use it to work their creativity and imagination as well and build and create fun artwork and projects.

making play dough into rainbow swirls

I also love to give play dough as gifts to toddlers and preschoolers, often in a themed-kit! For example, dinosaurs, unicorns, ocean, and super heroes are just some of the many themes I’ve put together! It is such a nice way to give a gift with a personal, homemade touch!

making play dough into rainbow swirls

Perks of Playing with Play Dough

Play dough is the ultimate sensory play experience. There are a lot of sensory bases available to explore (more on that below), but play dough is such a classic! The kids can mold it, hold it, shape it, and use it to make letters and other fun designs as well. You can also explore color mixing with play dough!

It is also fantastic for strengthening fine motor skills. As they grip and mold, kid’s hands and fingers are getting a great work out! Just think about all the different movements the hands will make in just a short time of playing with play dough – roll, stretch, mold, pinch, push, to name a few!

They can also use it to work their creativity and imagination as well and build and create fun artwork and projects.

I also love to give play dough as gifts to toddlers and preschoolers, often in a themed-kit! For example, dinosaurs, unicorns, ocean, and super heroes are just some of the many themes I’ve put together! It is such a nice way to give a gift with a personal, homemade touch!

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Here are my top picks for sensory bases you can buy!

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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