Did you know it’s possible to make play dough without using food coloring? You can easily use natural items to dye the play dough and get beautiful colors as a result! It’s actually quite easy, and is such a fun experiment for kids too!
We previously shared a great recipe on How to Make the World’s Best Play Dough. The only thing you will do differently is remove the food coloring and use naturally dyed water.
Naturally dyed water? Is that a thing?
Yep – it sure is! You an do this by boiling color-rich foods and/or plants, Then, strain the water from pot and it will be tinted.
You can find many color rich fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants. To make the pretty pink in the picture, I used beets! All I did was peel and cut up two beets into large chunks. I boiled them with enough water to cover them completely. Boil them until the water reaches a very dark maroon color. Strain the water over a mesh strainer, and then use one cup of the water for the one cup of water the play dough recipe calls for. Don’t add any additional food coloring, the beet-colored water will be perfect!
Other things that work well for making great colors are:
- Pureed grass (otherwise the water will be a light yellow)
- Red roses (or any darker rose color)
You can even end up without any color by just mixing up the dough – where it will be cream colored!
I’d love to know what you found to make the colors for your play dough! Please share in the comments below!