How to Make Playdough with Skittles

How to Make Skittles Playdough

Earlier this week I had a crazy idea and it worked. It’s not too often that they do. This simple no-cook recipe on How to Make Playdough with Skittles is so easy even my three-year-old could make it!

How to Make Skittles Playdough

How We Came Up With Making Skittles Playdough

(because this story deserves to be told)

My daughter has a running list of things that smell good and things that hurt to smell. The first time I saw it, all I could think was how could something hurt to smell?

I asked her if that meant it made her gag or burned her eyes – nope. I asked her if it gave her a headache or made her stomach sick – nope.

As I looked at the list I could not for the life of me figure it out.

The Items on My Daughter’s Hurt to Smell List

– Mr. Sketch Markers
– Skittles
– Blueberry Muffins
– Gushers

She had at least 30 items on her list!!

As I read each item I saw the pattern. So many different occasions where she had passed up something she would usually not hesitate with. Even seeing the instances replay in my mind, I could not for the life of me connect how these scents hurt her to smell. Then she finally told me. Her answer?

Blueberry Farts.

Well, that just hurt my brain, so I slightly get it.

You see, this commercial came out earlier this year for Mr. Sketch markers that claimed the way they scent their markers is through fruit farts. To most people they see that and laugh and move on with their day knowing it is a joke. To my daughter though? She is a little too literal for that.

So while she laughed over the fact that a blueberry farted, her brain got to thinking and listing out every single item she could think of that was made out of blueberry farts. As to how this hurts to smell, I have yet to get an explanation…but, I don’t want to be smelling farts so I don’t blame her.

This Skittle Playdough was made in an attempt to work through some of my daughter’s aversions to the scents on her list. To get her back to eating and using many of the items she had put on her “Hurts to Smell” list.

Items Needed to Make Skittles Playdough

  • Skittles (at least 1/4 cup per color)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2-3 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 3 tbsp. Cream of Tartar

How to Make Playdough Using Skittles

  1. Separate the Skittles by color into the different microwave safe jars. So for example, I made 5 colors so I had 5 jars. Add in the cup of water and allow it to sit for a couple of hours (I did overnight). If you let your purple sit for too long it will become red.How to Make Skittles Playdough
  2. Once mostly dissolved remove the candy that has not dissolved and pop into the microwave for 2-3 minutes.How to Make Skittles Playdough
  3. While that nukes, mix together your dry ingredients in a bowl. I started with two cups of flour. Once done simply add your skittle mixture into your bowl and stir.How to Make Skittles Playdough
  4. This next part is slightly tricky because the sugar from the candy does affect how sticky the playdough is. If your playdough is still sticky after 2 cups of flour, add in 1/4 cup of additional flour in at a time and mix it by hand until it is no longer sticking to your fingers. Because the dough was hot from microwaving the water I did mix it, cover it with a light dusting of flour, and then let it sit in the bowl until cool enough to touch.How to Make Skittles Playdough
  5. Once all your colors are mixed together and cooled down PLAY!How to Make Skittles Playdough

This playdough is also perfectly safe to taste, so if your child is literal like mine is and decides to “Taste the Rainbow” no worries!

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Written by Stephanie Oswald

Parenting blogger and early childhood intervention specialist. Mom, wife, coffee addict, nature junkie, book loving, kid at heart!

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