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Naturally Dyed DIY Play Dough

Naturally dyed play dough recipe. Simple and easy homemade play dough that is eco-friendly and non-toxic. Naturally dyed using plants! At home learning. Preschool at home.
Naturally dyed play dough recipe. Simple and easy homemade play dough that is eco-friendly and non-toxic. Naturally dyed using plants! homeschool preschool. Eco friendly tot school.

Naturally dyed play dough is a simple, natural way to entertain little ones for hours. Today I am sharing with you a recipe for homemade play dough made with all natural ingredients and natural dyes.

Naturally dyed play dough recipe. Simple and easy homemade play dough that is eco-friendly and non-toxic. Naturally dyed using plants!

Hands on Learning with Play Dough

In our home we love hands on activities for learning. We completed a theme week of learning using this homemade, naturally dyed play dough recipe. If you are looking for faith based, home learning ideas to do with your little one you will LOVE my account Faith Filled Learner on Instagram. You can also instantly download free learning activities here!

Anyways, back to our play dough talk. When I was searching for ideas to do with my little one, I wanted something that wasn’t going to be toxic and preferably something eco-friendly, that didn’t come in a plastic container.

Naturally dyed play dough recipe. Simple and easy homemade play dough that is eco-friendly and non-toxic. Naturally dyed using plants!

How to Naturally Dye Play Dough

We made 4 different colors for this project. Each ball of play dough was one of the recipe below. I ended up cutting each of the balls in half, storing half in an airtight container to use on a different day.

For our naturally dyed okay dough colors, I used:
🌺Magenta: 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers – 1 cup of boiling water – steeped 4+ hours – strain and remove flower petals

💛Yellow: 1 tsp ground turmeric – 1 cup of boiling water – steeped 4+ hours

🌿 Green: 1 tsp spirulina- 1 cup of boiling water – steeped 4+ hours

🍇 Purple : 1/2 c dried elderberries – 1 cup of boiling water – steeped 4+ hours – strain and remove Elderberries

Other color options:::
Beet juice
Carrot juice
Calendula petal tea
Lavender tea (for relaxing scents)
Green juice
Cabbage juice
Frozen blueberries (use boiling water to steep & remove berries from liquid)
Coffee
Cocoa powder in place of flour 🍫

Naturally dyed play dough recipe. Simple and easy homemade play dough that is eco-friendly and non-toxic. Naturally dyed using plants! Plant dyed play dough recipe.

Activities for Kids

This activity is great to do with little ones, if they are patient enough to wait while you cook the play dough. There is a hot stove involved, so plan accordingly. My little one loves to stand his learning tower and observe or participate in the process.

You could also make this recipe and give it as a gift to another child! I would recommend cutting each of the balls in half or quarters and putting them in a small mason jar. You could add a ribbon and gift tag as well. You could include these eco-friendly play dough rollers and wooden stamps.

Naturally dyed play dough recipe. Simple and easy homemade play dough that is eco-friendly and non-toxic. Naturally dyed using plants! Plant dyed play dough.

Naturally Dyed Play Dough

Servings 1 ball of play dough

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup liquid dyed water, juice, or water **See below the colors I used to dye our play dough**
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 Tbs cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbs liquid oil
  • 2-3 drops liquid glycerin *optional
  • 2-3 drops kids safe essential oils *optional

Instructions
 

  • Place flour, dyed liquid, salt, cream of tartar, & oil into a pan.
  • Stir while cooking over medium heat. Scraping the sides of the pan constantly.
  • After a few minutes (3 -5 min) a dough clump will form, pulling away from the sides.
  • Take a scraper or spoon, and remove the dough from the pan.
  • Allow it to cool and knead in glycerin and/or essential oils
  • Store in an air tight container. Your play dough will keep for several weeks, if it is in an air tight container.

Notes

Colors I used::
🌺Magenta: 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers - 1 cup of boiling water - steeped 4+ hours - strain and remove flower petals
.
💛Yellow: 1 tsp Turmeric Twist **plain turmeric would work** - 1 cup of boiling water - steeped 4+ hours
.
🌿 Green: 1 tsp spirulina- 1 cup of boiling water - steeped 4+ hours
.
🍇 Purple : 1/2 c dried elderberries - 1 cup of boiling water - steeped 4+ hours - strain and remove Elderberries
Other color options-
Beet juice
Carrot juice
Calendula petal tea
Lavender tea (for relaxing scents)
Green juice
Cabbage juice
Frozen blueberries (use boiling water to steep & remove berries from liquid)
Coffee

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