Make It – Homemade Playdough

Homemade playdough with natural colouring

If you know children, you’ll know that children love play-dough! Parents love it too, because it’s a simple activity that keeps little ones happily entertained!

The best kind of play-dough is homemade play-dough! It’s easy, it gets the kids involved, and with this recipe: it’s completely all natural!

Before we get started, let’s talk quickly about how we color it. There are two methods that people mostly follow:

  1. Boiling fruit and vegetables. This works very well, but it’s labor intensive and to be honest, with the prices of strawberries and blueberries, I’d rather eat them than use them as dye!
  2. Using food colouring. It’s artificial and for me, I jump on the opportunity to teach children that some of the loveliest colors come straight from nature!

But, after a lot of playing around in the kitchen, I have found a different method of coloring that is easy, inexpensive and completely all-natural!

Homemade Playdough with Natural Colouring Recipe

Here’s what you need:

(find it in the spice section of your supermarket and health shops)

Natural colours for homemade playdough

Ingredients:  (for one ball of play-dough)

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 tbsp cream of tartare
  • 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp powder for color

The first thing to do is to cook your dough. It takes just 3 minutes!

Mix all of your ingredients in a saucepan. Put over a low heat and cook until it all clumps together into a ball.

Cooking homemade playdough

Plop it onto your workstation and knead the dough for a good minute.

Kneading homemade playdough

While it’s still warm, get ready to add your color!

How to make playdough with natural colours

Easy! The reason why I love using dry powder is that you can make one big batch of dough, then break it up into individual balls, sprinkle each with a different color, and you’re done.

Homemade playdough with natural colours

The alternative is adding color to water and cooking one color at a time…

Either way, you will have a rainbow of colors!

Natural playdough colour rainbow!

I know that not all of you are parents, but many of you are uncles or aunties. As a Mommy, I will tell you that kids love this and parents appreciate it! Whip up some homemade playdough, and make it a gift!

Make a gift of homemade playdough

Notes:

  • Your homemade play-dough will last 2-3 weeks in an airtight container! Keep it in the fridge and double that!
  • Have a look around the spice section of your supermarket – you might find natural foods that produce even more colors!

When you try this recipe, let me know in the comments how it works out. Or post your photos to our Facebook page – I’m dying to see them!

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