Sunshine play dough recipe

Here’s a sunshine play dough recipe idea that’s great for sensory play for summer and the solstice.

sunshine play dough recipe

Sunshine play dough recipe

We never need much excuse to bring out the play dough and as we’re learning all about the solstice this week we thought we’d make some play dough sunshines. To start, we mixed up a batch of our favourite easy play dough recipe and added in some yellow food colouring to make it nice and sunny.

play dough recipeThen we raided the craft shelves to find some yellow, orange and gold materials. We found drinking straws, buttons, foil shapes and sequins, craft sticks and some glittery paper strips.

play dough ideas

Play dough is a fantastic sensory material for children to explore and it’s always great to add in some extra textures when you play.

2013-06-13 001To get some inspiration we did a Google Image search for ‘sun art’ and the children enjoyed clicking through to see the sun pictures and got some ideas for how they might make a sun with their play dough. They especially liked the mosaic artwork – an idea for a future art technique to explore!

solstice craft

Then the children set to work. One of the best things about play dough is that everyone can use it, from babies to grandparents! It’s an open-ended material and so versatile, and today the children all had clear ideas about how they were going to use the materials on offer to make their sun.

solstice play dough recipe

Every sunshine turned out different… and glorious!

solstice craft for kids

 More play dough recipes and play ideas

Love play dough? So do we! for some summery play dough ideas take a look at…

our garden flower play dough

flower play dough recipe

these printable sea creatures and ocean play dough

Printable sea creatures for under the sea play dough

or use this DIY clay recipe to make some butterflies

A super easy DIY craft recipe: how to make clay ~ and a beautiful butterfly craft

Get the book!

play dough recipe

 Love play dough? Take a look at The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book :: recipes and ideas for a whole year of play! 




  1. Elaine Coote says

    It says on my screen about visiting your shop and buying books. This does not take me there on my screen. I am also looking for a recipe for moon sand
    any thanks

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