That tissue paper dough is straight gorgeous, right?! Are you trying right this second to reach your hand through your screen and give it a squish? I don't blame you, but it might be easier to just quick whip up a batch of your own 😉

My instabuddy shared this dough-mazing recipe over on her Instagram stories awhile back and since she's not a blogger I asked if I could share it with you guys for her. Everyone needs to know about this one and everyone also needs to know about it's inventor, Katy from @prekwolfpack

Katy is a super fun and funny rainbow color addict and absolutely amazing Pre-K teacher. From creative writing practice ideas to gorgeous classroom decoration tips, tried and true kiddo art projects to endless sensory inspiration, Katy shares it all. Whether you are a homeschooler, teacher, art-loving parent, or fellow Target dollar bin addict, you need to be following this gal! Here's a little taste of what you can expect on her page:

So rainbowy...🤤

Okay, back to the dough! Are you wondering what you need to make it?

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar (Dollar Tree carries this stuff in a big bottle, so check there before you shell out at the grocery store 🙌)
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup mashed paper, approximately (tissue paper or crepe paper + water, instructions below)
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • *optional -- food coloring or liquid watercolors (We didn't use any, but Katie did and it's beautiful either way.)

  1. First thing's first, you need to get your mashed paper working. Kinley and I chose to use the bazillion pieces of leftover birthday present tissue paper we had saved, but you can use newspaper or crepe paper instead. Just tear whatever paper you choose into little pieces and sort them into separate containers by color, pour some water over the top of each one and let them sit and soak while you gather up all of the other dough ingredients and get it started.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients (flour, cream of tartar & salt) in a large bowl.
  3. Add oil and optional dye to the bowl and stir.
  4. Squeeze all of the water out of your mashed paper bits and set them aside. We found it easier to break apart the chunks into kind of paper flakes at this stage, too. When you add them to the dough in a minute, they just stay kind of clumped up in there if you don't.
  5. Slowly add your boiling water in small increments and mix as you go.
  6. Once your dough has started to form a ball, add in corn syrup and mashed paper bits. If you are wondering what in the world corn syrup is doing in this recipe and thinking about skipping it, don't! We almost did because the dough felt so lovely without, but the texture after adding the corn syrup is plain old perfection and it isn't sticky in the slightest.
  7. Knead until fully incorporated.
This stuff feels amazing even without the paper bits, but the extra added sensory sensation of those little soft rainbow clumps make it irresistible! Ours kept for well over a month in a big Ziplock baggie.

Kinley spent literal hours switching off between making her Wild Republic baby animals play dough soccer, helping them escape the lava erupting from her dough volcano and wrapping them up in dough blankies and tucking them in for their naps. It's just so good!

If you like this one, Katy has a whole collection of amazing sensory recipes waiting for you on her Instagram Stories highlights. She's a rock star, for reals 😍 If you try this recipe, I bet she'd love it if you tagged her when you post it on Instagram so she could see, and tag us while you are at it cause I wanna see, too! 😁

Wouldn't this be absolutely perfect for a recycling or Earth Day unit? I can't think of a more fun way to save the planet. 

Happy squishing!
xo Cara

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