Natural Dye Play Dough

Posted on June 26, 2014

Natural Dye Play Dough (colored with organic foods, NOT chemicals)screen shot

Free Printable Recipe Below Scroll down to print. It’s for Play, Not to eat! 

Here is exactly how we did it:

For dinner tonight we ate beets. They simmered in the pot for a while until soft, yummy, deep red, and absolutely tasty. We also ate chicken with quinoa and a homemade turmeric spice sauce. I LOVE turmeric because it has so many natural health properties to it and it tastes fantastic.

I love cooking with whole organic foods and not fearing the chemicals around my kids

I love cooking with whole organic foods and not fearing the chemicals around my kids

Anyways…..

I was starting to do the dishes when I noticed the last 1/2 cup of beet juice sitting in the pan. SO deep red, beautiful, lovely. It called to me, “Do not waste me, use me for something!” 🙂 We were already supposed to make play dough for our bridge building science project. So, this went along nicely. My Little wanted pink play dough, and the beet juice should work perfectly for that, we hypothesized. 

We were right!

We were right! Scroll down to print the recipe!

We grabbed out our ingredients and began brainstorming. My Big wanted yellow for her play dough color. But how could we make yellow dye from our kitchen?

Let your kids help hypothesize and invent with you! It builds science skills and confidence with critical thinking!

Let your kids help hypothesize and invent with you! It builds science skills and confidence with critical thinking!

I allowed the kids to look through the cupboards. We talked about what made good dyes. We discussed what we ate for dinner. The light bulb came on… the turmeric!! We all shouted!!

Our kitchen is also our science lab!

Our kitchen is also our science lab!

Yes, we all agreed that would be a great hypothesis to test. So we got to work on creating pink and yellow homemade play dough using beet juice and turmeric as our agents to color it. Here’s how it went….

Step 1: We combined all ingredients over medium heat.

Step 1: We combined all ingredients over medium heat. The Printable Recipe is Below: Keep Scrolling down to Print the Easy Recipe!

That was easy!

Step 2: We mixed until began to join together in pot.

Step 2: We mixed the dough until it began to join together in the pot.

Simple!

Step 3: We folded dough over and over for a few minutes until perfect!

Step 3: We folded dough over and over for a few minutes until perfect!

Fun!

Step 4: Add the natural food dye!

Step 4: Add the natural food dye! (Print the recipe below, it will show you how)

We chose to divide the dough into 1/2 cup sections because we are using it for several different projects and because the kids wanted different colors. For the beet juice we did:

1/2 Cup of Play Dough to 1 tsp Beet Juice

That gave us a lovely pink color that my Little wanted. 

Step 5: Mix by hand and incorporate the color throughout the dough!

Step 5: Mix by hand and incorporate the color throughout the dough!

The beet juice colored pink play dough was a success!! The beet thanked us for not wasting its beautiful color left over from dinner. The kids were happy their hypothesis proved true. Now time to test the turmeric.

Come join us delicious tumeric!

Come join us delicious turmeric!

We used the same play dough as made in the prior steps. For the Turmeric coloring we used:

1 Cup of Play Dough to 1 tsp Turmeric

We added a few extra shakes until just the right color was reached for our project needs.

The Result - Happy Kids and Happy Mom!

The Result – Happy Kids and Happy Mom!

Whew!! That was a lot to do after dinner and before bedtime – but the joy of not wasting a useful food source and re-purposing it for a science project was too enticing to pass up! By the time we were finished with our impromptu science / cooking / health experiment we were tired! We tucked the play dough safely in baggies and placed them in the fridge.

Click here Coronado Island bridge project to PRINT a FREE ENGINEERING lesson plan for kids to use the play dough! 

All inspired from one friendly, little, red beet. 

~ Joy

play dough recipe

Natural Dye Play Dough
Natural Dye Play Dough colored with organic foods from our kitchen. NOT TO EAT, just for play!
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 Cups Flour of your choice
  2. 3 teaspoons Cream of Tarter
  3. 1.5 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (or oil of your choice)
  4. 1.5 Cups of Water
  5. 3/4 Cup of Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Combine in pot over medium heat, keep stirring until dough forms!
  2. Let Cool.
Color it! After dough has been made and cooled
  1. For Pink: We used 1 teaspoon freshly made beet juice per 1/2 cup of play dough
  2. For Yellow: We used 1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder to every 1 cup of play dough.
  3. We slowly added a bit more of each coloring agent to achieve our desired color slowly while keeping the proper texture of the play dough.
  4. Fabulous!!
  5. We make one batch at a time and color it according to our project needs. Store in plastic zip lock bag in fridge.
  6. Have fun!
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Author Joy Brownlee. Written and Photography copyrights
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