Rainbow playdough.
When the children are frazzled, getting their hands working and moving their thoughts out of their mind and into their bodies, is the best medicine.

Playdough is always a good idea. Even for older kids. They love it. And using a natural, food based colours and even essential oils, makes the sensory experience even more peaceful and invigorating.


Rainbow Playdough

What you need is:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 2 tbs of lemon juice (or cream of tartar)
  • 1 – 1 1/4 cups of boiling water.


What you do is:

Mix all the ingredients together until a well mixed dough and knead until smooth. Then if would like to colour them you can divide the balls into 4 and then add in:

  • 1 tbsp of cocoa to make chocolate
  • 1 tbsp of turmeric to make a bright yellow colour
  • 2 tbsp of acai powder (from Aldi) to make a light pink colour.
  • 1 tbsp of spirulina (from Aldi) to make a dark green colour.

Such beautiful natural hues of colour. Which also create a pathway for a conversation about colour and how we colour foods. You could also paint with these powders as well.

For some more rainbow ideas, or perhaps a tale about how powerful rainbow foods are, head over to this Foodie tale.