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DIY Play-dough

Posted on July 10, 2014
Peachtree
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If your kids are anything like mine, they go through way too much play-dough to warrant buying the stuff in the shop.  And I’m not a big fan of all the plastic packaging and artificial colouring that comes with it.  Here is a fun and inexpensive play-dough recipe using ingredients you’ll probably already have in the kitchen.

To complete the DIY job, you might also like to make your own natural dye.  The concept is simple – load your selected fruit/veggies/herbs into a pot of water and bring to the boil.  Boil for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to low and simmer for a further 10-30 minutes depending on the intensity of colour desired.  Strain and presto – naturally coloured water!

You can experiment with all kinds of colourful fruit and veg, depending on what’s in season, but here are a couple of ideas to start…

Yellow Dye – 1 cup water and 1 cup shredded carrots

Pink Dye – 2 cups water and 1 cup shredded beetroot or purple cabbage

Green Dye – 1 cup water and 1 cup basil or spinach leaves

Play-Dough Recipe

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

2 tsp cream of tarter

1 tbs olive oil

1 cup of naturally coloured water OR 1 cup water and a few drops natural food colouring

You may also like to add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance – I use lemon essential oil, which is safe and calming for children (I live in hope!) and adds a lovely fresh, zesty note.   Take care to only use oils that are safe for children (and pregnant/lactating mummies if that applies to you).

Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar in a medium-sized pot.  Add olive oil and coloured water and stir until thoroughly combined.  Place pot on the stove over medium-low heat.  Cook the dough, stirring often, until it begins to pull away from the sides of the pot (about 2-3 minutes) – it will look just like play-dough when it’s done.  Allow the dough to cool slightly then knead for 1 minute.  That’s it!

Always store your play-dough in an airtight container – the tighter the seal, the longer it will last.

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    You should definitely try it lyn lee, you’ll be amazed how easy it is! Even if you just start with using store bought dye – the play-doh is so soft and lovely. Good luck!

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