Welcome back for another month of 12 Months of Sensory Dough Recipes where several bloggers get together to share the exciting sensory dough recipes and a variety of twists and turns. It is our hope that you will have a one-stop resource for all things Sensory dough! This month we are featuring a huge list of Soda Dough Recipes. We had a blast making a batch of rainbow soda dough that we plan to use for a bunch of crafty adventures in the near future.
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It is no surprise around here that we love sensory doughs. After we made a batch of simple white soda dough last Christmas for some simple ornaments, we knew we needed to make more this year. However, we wanted a head start and wanted to have an array of colors to choose from. That’s why we decided to whip up a few different batches and have the whole rainbow.
2 Ingredient Rainbow Soda Dough
Yes! Just 2 ingredients. Well, okay, I don’t count water and the coloring is optional. But seriously this dough is so simple, anyone can make it! It is actually one of my new favorites!
Materials Needed for Rainbow Soda Dough
1 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Corn Starch
3/4 Cup Hot or Warm Water
*Gel Food Coloring (this is the secret to the vibrant colors)
Making Rainbow Soda Dough
When I tell you this was easy, I am not exaggerating. The only thing to remember is to be quick on your feet. It definitely helped to have an extra pair of hands (my kids) around to constantly mix (you will see why later), but it wasn’t necessary if you want to make this to get it ready for your kids early.
Start by mixing all the dry ingredients together in a pot. Then place the pot on a stove on medium heat. This is when the stirring constantly comes in. (Before you start your stove, I would have your gel coloring ready because the rest of the steps go fast.) Slowly pour your hot water into your pan while stirring constantly. The dry and wet ingredients should start to form a liquid consistent with milk. Continue stirring, but mix in about a teaspoon of gel coloring. Continue to stir (you see a pattern yet) until the color is mixed in well .
Now you will start to see bubbles. This is when the magic happens. My kids would say “Its turning. Its happening.” Right before your eyes, the dough will turn from liquid to solid and start to dough up and pull away from the bottom of the pan. When you do not see any liquid remove from the heat immediately.
Using a spatula, get the dough out of the pan and let cool on cutting board or play dough mat. CAUTION… The dough is extremely hot!!!! Wait to touch it. Once it has cooled to the touch, you can roll it and knead it to get the color fully mixed in and the texture just right!
It’s that simple! Now you just have to do it 5 more times for each color of the rainbow!
It is important to keep the dough in an airtight container as soon as the dough is completely cooled. Since this dough is meant for drying out, it gets dry very quickly.
However it will save in an air tight container for a long time!
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Oh awesome!!!! Thank you! I’ve been meaning to look for a gluten free playdough recipe for my son. I will be making this this week for sure. 🙂
This is a great gluten free option (However, it dries quickly because it is meant to be a drying dough)
As im reading your part about being fast to put the food colouring in. It occured to me, if you have made this a lot like it sounds, would it not be possible to add the food colouring to the water before you start ?
In theory would it not help even the colour and make it easier to concentrate on mixing.
Yes. This could help a lot. I didn’t test to see if it dulled the color, so I didn’t want to tell you to do it if I wasn’t sure of the results.
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I just made this for my boys and I LOVE the texture of it! When they were done, I wrapped it up so it wouldn’t dry out. The next day, when I opened it for them it was sticky and I couldn’t seem to get it to “dry out” enough… Do you have any suggestions?
If it is too sticky, you can add cornstarch or flour the next day.
Sorry, but this recipe didn’t work for me. I made it with my niece, and added about 1 tsp gel food coloring like the recipe said, but when my niece played with it, she wound up with blue hands! And the dough was super sticky! So I tried again and just added enough food coloring to color the dough. No blue hands, but the dough was still very sticky once it cooled. Any suggestions? I’d love to try this with my students, but not if I’ll be washing lots of little hands!
You can add more flour anytime a dough is too sticky.
It came out so pretty. I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this on my site with a link and a photo if you don’t mind.
We made this my grand daughter really like it. I’m going have to make it for the students when school start.