The Best DIY Unicorn Playdough (Easy Recipe with free printable)

If you’re looking for a magical way to engage your little ones in sensory play and creative exploration, why not try crafting homemade unicorn playdough together?

Today we’ll dive into the art of DIY playdough making! I’m going to share a delightful and easy recipe for you to create your very own enchanting, unicorn-inspired playdough!

DIY Unicorn Playdough Recipe (free printable download)

3 Benefits for Making Playdough at Home

Making playdough at home is such a fun and creative hands-on experience for both you and your kids that’s packed with multiple benefits. Here are three:

  1. Crafting playdough at home gives you the freedom to tailor the recipe to fit your kids’ exact preferences and requirements. Whether you’re aiming for a squishier texture or bolder colors, you’re the master of the ingredients and measurements.
  2. Crafting homemade playdough puts you in charge of what goes into it. You can guarantee that only safe, non-toxic ingredients are used, making it perfect for even the littlest ones in the family.
  3. Creating your own playdough is a budget-friendly option! Crafting it at home saves you cash compared to purchasing it ready-made from the store.

The Educational Benefits of Crafting Playdough at Home

Wondering about the perks for kids? There’s plenty! Let’s explore three key educational benefits of whipping up playdough creations right at home.

Free DIY Unicorn Playdough recipe with text that reads: helps with math and cooking skills, fine motor skills, following directions, and more!
  1. Math and Cooking Skills: Making this DIY unicorn homemade playdough provides valuable opportunities for kids to learn how to measure dry and wet ingredients, honing essential math and cooking skills at the same time.
  2. Following Directions: Following a recipe fosters important skills in direction-following, empowering kids to navigate step-by-step instructions with confidence until they achieve a successful outcome.
  3. Fine Motor Skill Development: Engaging in hands-on activities like stirring, pinching, and kneading the dough enhances kid’s fine motor skills, offering a real-world, tactile learning experience.

Essential Safety Tips Before Crafting DIY Playdough

Think safety first! While homemade playdough is generally safe for children to play with, it’s still important to take some precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Be sure to supervise kids at all times! Watch them closely while making the playdough and during playtime- especially if they love to put things in their mouths (talking from experience!).

Make sure you have airtight storage containers or food storage bags to store any leftover playdough. This will prevent the playdough from drying out and will make it last longer. This also helps to keep the playdough free from any contaminants.

Gather Supplies to Make Your Homemade Unicorn Playdough

Before you begin making your unicorn playdough, it’s essential to gather all the necessary supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies to make homemade unicorn playdough
  • This printable (printable directions)
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of iodized salt
  • 4-5 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 cups of water (lukewarm is best)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Tubes of gel food coloring (gel food coloring delivers richer and more vibrant results)
  • Assorted glitter packs (easy to find at Walmart or the dollar store)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large cooking pot
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food storage bags (quart size)
  • Small bowls (optional)
  • Bench scraper (optional)

How to Make Unicorn Playdough

Now that you have all your supplies ready, it’s time to bring your unicorn playdough to life! Follow these simple steps:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all your dry ingredients (flour, salt, and cream of tartar)
  2. Add the wet ingredients (water and vegetable oil) and mix
  3. Pour the mixture into a large cooking pot
  4. Stir the mixture continuously over medium heat (the mixture will start to clump, refer to the video above)
  5. Take off heat once the dough forms
  6. Let the dough cool to the touch and knead
  7. Create a big dough ball and divide the dough into equal portions
  8. Place each portion of dough into a small bowl (optional) or place on a countertop
  9. Add gel food coloring to the pieces of dough and knead (more food coloring equals brighter colors)
  10. For an extra touch of magic, add glitter to the pieces of dough and knead gently until evenly mixed

Now that your homemade unicorn playdough is ready, it’s time to dive into some fun! Grab these colorful unicorn playdough mats and let the creativity begin!

Common Questions

How much playdough does this recipe make?

This playdough recipe makes approximately 2 cups, which is roughly four times the size of a standard store-bought Play Doh container.

What can I do if my playdough is too dry?

To revive dry playdough, simply incorporate some vegetable oil into the dough. Start with approximately a teaspoon and knead it into the playdough. Adjust the amount of vegetable oil as necessary.

How long will this playdough last?

Believe it or not, this playdough can maintain its quality for several months! Just make sure to store it in an airtight container.

Free Printable for how to make homemade playdough

More Fun and Free Unicorn Printables

Have Fun Crafting your Homemade Unicorn Playdough!

Crafting homemade unicorn playdough is not only a delightful sensory activity but also a magical bonding experience for you and your kids.

From mixing and kneading to sculpting and playing, every step of the process sparks creativity and imagination.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your supplies, follow our simple recipe, and let the magic unfold before your eyes. Your little ones will thank you for the fun memories you’ll create together!

Download Your DIY Unicorn Playdough Instructions

To grab the printable instructions to create your own homemade unicorn playdough, just fill out the form below, and voila! Your PDF will zip right into your inbox in a flash!

Remember, all Smart Cookie Printables are for personal and single-classroom use only. Check out our copyright policy for more details.

All activities to be done with adult supervision.

I hope you enjoy this printable! Dive into our preschool printables library  or our kindergarten printables library for even more fun activities for your little ones.

And if you’re loving what we’re putting out, please give us a shout-out on Pinterest or Facebook. Sharing is caring, and it helps us spread the fun to more families!

Pin this for Later

Free DIY Unicorn Playdough Recipe for Sensory Play

Similar Posts