We love playing in nature and playing with nature. Our children are always collecting pinecones, sticks, conkers etc… We currently have a boot full of some rather large sticks!
We recently experimented with creating different coloured play dough with natural colours. A friend mentioned that beetroot powder creates a fantastic colour, I managed to get some from Amazon for a decent price.
We made a brown (cinnamon powder – it smells great), a bright reddy pink (beetroot powder), orange (paprika) and yellow (turmeric)
We used a basic play dough recipe (see below) and added the following amounts for the different colours.
Yellow – 2tbs turmeric
Orange – 2tsp paprika
Reddy pink – 2tbs beetroot powder
Brown – 3tbs cinnamon
Basic Playdough Recipe
2 cups of plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
2tbs cream of tartar
1tsp glycerin (this makes playdoh more elasticy – can be omitted)
2tbs oil (we used olive oil – baby oil or vegetable oil will work too)
1 1/2 cups boiling water
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and desired colour in a large bowl. Add oil, glycerin and boiling water, mix with a wooden spoon. Wait for dough to cool a little and then kneed. Your dough is ready for play 😀
To carry on the nature and sensory themes we included pinecones, different coloured beans and fresh rosemary on the table. We had fun using our imagination and creating!
What’s your favourite play dough? I’m thinking coco, I need to try coco next!