Funfetti Textured Playdough Fun

As I have shared previously, we love homemade playdough in our house! I have recently been experimenting with adding different sensory elements to a basic dough recipe – looking for ways to encourage further exploration using the senses of touch, sight and smell – like this fun confetti-like twist that can be added to any homemade playdough – I am calling it Funfetti!

Funfetti Playdough

The addition of coloured rice to a basic playdough creates a rich, tactile experience.

To make:

Prepare your preferred homemade playdough according to the usual recipe – here you’ll find my favourite cooked playdough recipe and a gluten and corn free playdough.

Textured playdough via Childhood 101

Once the playdough has completely cooled, knead 1 cup of multi-coloured rice into dough.

How to dye rice:

How to colour rice | Childhood 101

When it comes to dying rice I like to keep it simple. I know that others add vinegar, alcohol, even hand sanitiser to the process, but I simply place the rice into a bowl, add a few drops of liquid colouring and stir until the colour is evenly distributed. Add the colour a little at a time until the colour is built up to your preferred hue.

Then spread the rice out onto a lined baking tray to dry. It shouldn’t take long because you have hardly used any liquid to colour the rice, an hour at most and you’ll be done!

Playdough recipe | Childhood 101

Have fun!

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  1. I absolutely adore this idea Christie! We have added rice to our play dough many a times but the name Funfetti is just fabulous! Love it :)

  2. Shannon says:

    Does the rice get a tad soggy after a bit of being mixed with play dough? I added small pasta to play dough, which was awesome to play with, first for decorating then mixed in as part of the play dough but it didn’t store for long because the parts became soggy.


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