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Homemade Playdough Recipe with Natural Dyes
Posted By Beth K On August 22, 2012 @ 9:00 am In Home and Garden,Parenting | 9 Comments
To avoid the artificial colorings in commercial products, we’re going to explore a homemade playdough recipe with natural dyes. Don’t be intimidated. This is going to be a blast.
You might remember this homemade playdough recipe tip from last year. Well, I’ve come up with a few new colors I wanted to try out. So join me as we see if we can improve on an old favorite.
NOTE: Even though this will eventually bring hours of joy to your children, I would suggest the making of this homemade playdough recipe be for adults only. The boiling water and stovetop are major accident concerns for young children. Let’s have fun and be safe at the same time!
The first thing we need to do is create our natural dyes. Use this list as a guide to help you choose the colors you’d like in your homemade playdough and then follow the recipe below.
Now that our natural dyes are ready, let’s dive into the homemade playdough recipe!
Combine all ingredients into your least favorite pan (It might stain or stick. My pan was stainless steel and caused no problems, but you’ve been warned.)
Cook dough on the stovetop on low heat until the mixture pulls away from the sides.
When the mixture starts to look like the first time I tried to make gravy I pull it off the heat and let the heated pan finish the cooking. It should look like mashed potatoes. Dough should be clumping in the middle of the pan and no longer shiny.
Make sure to wash the pan and stirring utensil in between each color batch.
Allow it to cool enough for handling. By the time I cooked all of my colors and washed the pan they were all cool enough to handle. If it’s sticky you can try adding a small amount of flour. Knead in your hands and enjoy the vibrant colors you have captured from nature.
Aren’t you proud of yourself for making this homemade playdough recipe? Now call the kids in and have a ball with your homemade playdough.
Some final notes from my experience:
The cabbage in the blue and purple dyes really stinks. I actually like cabbage and the first day the dough didn’t bother me at all. But the smell of the dough after 4 days was almost unbearable to me. Just a heads up.
Also, all of my doughs kept really well, but I did notice that the blue dough was much more tacky than the rest. I kneaded in flour until I liked the consistency. This did mute the color a little, but not too much. Conversely, if the dough was a little dried out I just carefully added tiny amounts of water and worked the dough really well. They all bounced back to like new condition.
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