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Amazing Color Changing Playdough – EASY Thermochromic Recipe

Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This color changing play dough is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike. Plus this colour changing playdough helps teach children about color mixing with a cool science activity for kids of all ages!

Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This color changing play dough is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike. Plus this colour changing playdough helps teach children about color mixing with a cool science activity for kids of all ages!

Color Changing Playdough

Get ready to thoroughly impress your kids with this fun play recipe that doubles as both a science activity and  kids activity all in one! This color changing playdough recipe is definitely one of those cool projects for kids you must try. It takes the fun of making creations as you roll the play dough, use cookie cutters, use a kit like a fun factory, roll snakes, make letters, use hands on playdough mats, and strengthening hand muscles to a whole new level! Preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 age children will have fun playing with this sensory activity that will actually change colors right before their very eyes!

And if you want to turn this into a fun, educational, learning activity – you can even teach them about science of the color changing process.

Thermochromic Recipes

Before you start, you need to decide what your color scheme will be for the playdough. It will start out one color based on the thermochromic pigment you use (when the dough is cold), and change to an alternating color based on the food coloring you used (hot color).  You wan to think color wheels when picking your colors as you will see variations of the colors as the hot and cold colors mix….Think color wheel neighbors to make the transition smooth.

follow the directions to mix flour, cream of tartar, baby oil, glycerin, water, and Thermochromic pigment

Heat Sensitive Playdough

Ready to make your heat sensitive play dough?  Mix 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar, and 3-5 teaspoons Thermochromic pigment (in the color of your choice) in a bowl.

mix together the red dry ingredients with the yellow wet materials

Colour changing playdough

In a second bowl mix 3/4 cup very hot water, 2 tablespoons baby oil (or cooking oil if you prefer), food coloring (for your 2nd color), and a few drops of glycerin (optional).  Now mix dry and wet ingredients together.

let the playdough recipe rest for 5 minutes

Magic playdough

Allow the dough to rest for five minutes to absorb all the water.

color changing playdough recipe

Color changing play dough

This is such a fun homemade playdough recipe! Kids will be amazed by how the dough changes colors when they touch it with their warm hands!  My kids squealed with delight and amazement!

amazing, color changing homemade playdough

Preschool science

Kids can roll it into balls and slice it in half to see how the interior is colder than the outside and therefore a different color.

tips for playing with color changing playdough

Playdough REcipe

If your dough isn’t changing colors very much, it could be that your child’s hand and the room isn’t very different in temperature. Try putting your playdough in the freezer 10-30 minutes and then play!

You could also do the reverse and leave the dough outside in the warm sun. Have your child rub an ice cube on their hand so they are extra chilly and dry thoroughly. Now what happens to the color color changing dough?

This amazing color changing playdough recipe is super easy to make and super fun to play with toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergartners, and elementary age kids.

Heat Changing Playdough

This playdough recipe is not only super cool because it changes color as you play, but it is versatile and easy to use with a variety of projects and educational activities.

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Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike. 
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Color Changing Playdough

Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 drops glycerin optional
  • 3/4 cup HOT water
  • 2 tablespoons baby oil (or cooking oil)
  • 3-5 teaspoons thermochromic pigment any color
  • few drops food coloring any color

Instructions

  • Mix oil and food coloring with HOT water. Add water mixture to dry ingredients and mix well. Allow to rest 5 minutes to absorb all the water. can you do different colors this time to make it stand out.

If you make any homemade playdough recipe, make it this incredible, easy to make, heat sensitive playdough! This kids play recipe is so much fun!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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