My son asks to play with play dough every. single. day. It absolutely never gets old, so I’ve been making it regularly with different colors and scents. But this last time while I was experimenting with different coloring techniques (I was actually trying to make a 4th of July color variation), I ended up with this beautiful deep purple color with red and blue marbling. It immediately made me think of the (now outdated) galaxy trend that we saw in clothing and accessories. No, I never got into it…but who isn’t inspired by the beautiful colors and sparkle of our amazing galaxy? I knew Cannon would be thrilled to play with this beautiful concoction!

Out of this world galaxy play dough

Needless to say, he was not disappointing by my coloring mistake 😉
 (Ignore the dirty hands- we were having fun today)

Store bought play-doh’s got nothing on this stuff! I love that it is cheap, quick, and easy to make. Not only that, but there are COUNTLESS variations you can come up with. 
(Follow my Pinterest board “Play Dough (recipes and activities)” for more inspiring ideas) 
The basic play dough recipe I used is here with the color variation I used to make the Galaxy Play Dough in  italics. 
Play Dough Recipe (ingredients)
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1  1/2 cups of boiling water
  • desired food coloring
  • Glitter


Mix the flour, oil, salt, and cream of tartar together in a large mixing bowl. Add food coloring to the boiling water
(we added a few drops of red and blue coloring to make the purple base color). 

Add the water to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  I like to hand mix mine to make sure I knead it evenly. Make sure the dough is cool so you won’t burn yourself though!

Flatten the dough and add drops of red and blue food coloring throughout the dough. Also add in copious amounts of glitter. This is optional but oh-so-pretty 🙂

Hand mix the dough to disperse the color and create a marbled effect.

Note: As this dough is played with, the red and blue veins of color will eventually mix together and make the dough a wonderful, deep people. Until then- enjoy the beauty of the marbling mixed with some sparkle! 
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