Play dough play : Tie Dye play dough recipe

Play dough play : Tie Dye play dough recipe
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Homemade play dough recipe for a tie-dye play dough

The kids really LOVED making these multi-colored play dough using crepe paper again. Yep, we are finding more ways to create with crepe paper. Check out our “just add water” art, crepe paper sensory painting and our latest play dough play idea with paper dough. Today we are combining play dough and crepe paper again,  except this time the fun is on the outside unlike the paper dough where the super unique texture was on the inside.

As usual we gathered our uber-versatile crepe paper and went to town tearing them up. Tearing the paper and feeling the bits was quite the sensory activity.

materials for craft

I used our usual play dough recipe mentioned in our flowers play dough play post to make 4-5 balls of white colored play dough. ( read no added food color)

set up

The creation or fun begins now. I gave the kids a small cup of water and invited them to stick and play on the play dough. How fun and easy is this play dough play idea? Any tissue paper that bleeds colors will work in this play dough play activity.

fine motor with sticking

I told the kids that we are going to color the outside of the play dough and they thought I was so silly to color without markers! Although my preschooler remembered that crepe paper gives out colors and very proudly advised her younger sis ” remember we painted with this crepe stuff” Picking up the tiny bits of paper and carefully pasting them on to the play dough was quite the fine motor activity.

toddler sticking crepe paper on play dough

My toddler wanted to really drench the crepe paper with water and did a mega overlay of many colors

completed play dough with crepe

My preschooler true to form was very organized and detail-oriented during the play dough play activity.

another completed play dough

Of course the kiddos are NOT going to just stop with present play dough activity. They will explore, they will mess around and combine the elements. My toddler after being done with the paper thought it would be fun to completely drench the play dough and make is super soggy.

messy play with wet play dough

Thus ensued the wet play dough messy play with 2 cute little fingers poking through pretending the play dough to be lollipops.

messing around with wet play dough

Well we eventually let all the play dough dry for a while. If you are doing this play dough play activity remember to let them dry inside a sealed container. You don’t want them to be too dry! Then all we did was peel off the crepe paper which was another fine motor activity.

peeling off the paper

The reveal? ta da! Bright and cheerful play dough with a marbled look.

colorful play dough

Don’t they look cool? The play dough would obviously be white inside when the play dough is flat. If you would rather have color inside as well all you have to do is knead and fold a bit and make the dough into ball. You would get the color all around- inside and out.

completed marbelized play dough

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tie dye play dough play recipe

For more play dough play ideas visit the category page

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

baby book

Nope, you want more play dough ideas? Sure we have a book for that too!


Don’t forget to see the earlier paper dough with a unique texture INSIDE the play dough

paper play dough thumbnail

Remember only tissue/crepe paper that bleeds colors will work for this project. Here is an affiliate link to a product that will work.

Click on the image below to take a look at the material that will transfer colors

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