Scrapbook Sunday: Sparkly firework playdough – Lisa (The Toy Hunter)

Welcome to the first entry in this new guest series, Scrapbook Sunday (which collects fun activities for kids/families from parents who’ve tried them with their kids, for others to explore). Today, Lisa shares her recipe for making sparkly firework playdough for Bonfire Night!


Bonfire Night … Just writing the words conjures up images of crisp Autumn nights, sparkly fireworks, and family time. This year, Bonfire Night falls on Sunday, 5 November, and people across the UK will be having back garden firework parties, going to organised firework displays, or having bonfires and gathering together to mark this very British event. Kids will be learning about the origins of Bonfire Night at school and may also be coming home with homemade crafts that reflect the season.

I love doing crafts with the kids that link to the seasons and celebrations, and one of our favourite things to do is make and mould playdough. Playdough is great for kids because it’s sensory and they can make anything they can imagine with it. Plus, it’s very low cost and it entertains all ages!

I make my own playdough because it’s something the kids can help with, we can make it a learning opportunity, we make exactly as much as we need, and we add things to the dough to make it special (like food colouring and glitter).

I’ve tried several different recipes, and eventually found one that makes fantastic playdough that lasts for ages. I’ve adapted it to make sparkly firework playdough, to celebrate Bonfire Night.

Note: If you want to make plain dough, or customise it differently, take out/change the last two ingredients and modify step 3 in the method.

Sparkly Firework Playdough recipe


  • Two cups of plain flour
  • One cup of salt
  • Two cups of water
  • Two teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • Two tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Black food colouring
  • Tablespoon of glitter


  1. Add all ingredients aside from food colouring and glitter, into a saucepan.
  2. Cook mixture over a medium heat, stirring continuously to prevent sticking to the pan.
  3. While stirring, add several drops of black food colouring and the glitter.
  4. When the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan, remove from heat.
  5. Take dough out of the pan and knead while warm.

Look at photos of fireworks to inspire the kids’ designs and have them try some of the following things for fun:

  • Roll the playdough into sausages with their hands, or roll balls of dough flat with a rolling pin.
  • Use star shapes to cut the playdough out, decorate with extra glitter and sequins, or stick fuzzy pipe cleaners on the ends to make the stars sparkle.
  • Put the playdough on a white background to really make it sparkle and pop out, like real fireworks.
  • Press items like a fork, paintbrush bristles or toothpicks into the playdough to make firework trails in the dough.

Top tip:

When the kids are finished playing, store the playdough in a sealable plastic container (like an old ice-cream tub or a Tupperware container), and keep it in a cool place or in the fridge until they’re ready to use it again. Storing it this way will ensure the playdough lasts for as long as three months.

Have fun!


Keep checking my blog – you never know when another awesome entry like this will be added to the “scrapbook”! If you have a fun activity or recipe for kids/families that you’d like to share, please email it to, or read about the Scrapbook Sunday series here.

About Lisa

Lisa is a mum of three, and a teacher turned Toy Hunter. Her blog follows her journey looking for quality toys and gifts, as well as all things parenting!

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