Fall Kid Craft #2: Autumn Harvest Homemade Playdough (with all-natural dyes)

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Homemade Playdough is something I remember making when I was a kid. Just the smell takes me back to that time in my life. Funny how the olfactory system works, huh?

For the coloring, I used all-natural dyes that are most likely in your cupboard right now. They ended up making quite the pretty and playful Autumn colors of brown, yellow, red and magenta.

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This is a no-cook version so it comes together quickly.

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Homemade No-Cook Playdough Recipe

1 cup salt
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
A few drops of your kids favorite color in food coloring

Mix salt, flour, water and oil together until dough forms. Split dough into two or three parts and add different coloring to each, folding and kneading dough until color is uniform. If dough feels too dry, wet hands and knead dough. If too dry, add a small sprinkle of flour, until it reaches desired consistency. Store in a sealed container or plastic bag.

All-Natural Dyes

Magenta: Using one chopped beet, cook it down in just enough water to cover the tops (simmer for 15 minutes).  Put beet and small amount of water from pot into a blender and puree.  Strain the beet puree and store liquid in container.  Spoon about a teaspoon in portioned 1/3 of the playdough. For an deeper magenta, add more beet coloring 1/2 teaspoon at a time and work it in. If it gets too wet add a small sprinkle of flour.

 Reddish-orange: Follow the same instructions for making the magenta color, but add 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric. Work it into the dough until one color.

Deep Yellow: Use 1 tsp of tumeric to 1/3 of the playdough recipe. fold coloring in and knead with hands until color is uniform.

Brown: Use 1 tsp of cocoa powder to 1/3 of the playdough recipe. Work color into dough using your hands until color is blended in.



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