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Easy Natural Play Dough Recipe

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I've been making play dough for years at work (I'm a teacher) and at home with my children but I haven't used natural dyes, as I rarely plan the dough in advance. I normally grab some food colouring to dye the dough. This weekend we had some beetroot left over so I left it soaking overnight to make a dye.  I also adapted my normal dough recipe, as I usually cook the dough in a pot, instead I  used hot dyed water- which worked just as well. It was also much less messy and sticky to make and my children could help.

Play Dough Ingredients;

  • 5 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of warm water ( dyed with beetroot)
  • 1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2 tablespoon of Olive oil
  • 1 cup of salt

Instructions:

Let the beetroot sit in the water all night, or for at least a few hours. Heat up the water in a pan before you begin making the dough. Mix all the dry ingredients, but only use 4 cups of the flour. Add the oil and dyed water and mix.  Once mixed well, gradually add  the last cup of  flour and knead until its just right and not sticky, you may not need all of this flour. 

Once cooled, we store in an airtight container with a lid. My children both love playing the dough. Seb loves to bash it into cups and pots and make lots of balls. Alice likes to pretend to make cakes and pizza and carefully cuts it up.

We were pleased with the colour of our dough, I would love to hear of other natural dyes you have used in your dough making.

Nicola