I was a little worried about the colorfastness of this notorious clothing stainer, but after it cooled, the color stayed put just fine. Just make sure you knead it on a washable surface and then wash it right away. Better still, use a cutting board so you don't have to worry.
Beet Juice to Dye Homemade Playdough
Dyeing my playdough was incredibly easy. I know you can use berries and other foods to dye playdough, so why not the juice left over from a can of beets? Here's the recipe:
- 1 cup flour (use the cheap stuff, not your good flour)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup beet juice
- 2 tablespoons oil
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium low heat. Combine remaining ingredients and add all at once to heated oil. Stir frequently until the mixture clumps up into a solid ball and resists being pulled apart while you stir.
Remove from heat and knead for a minute or so to get the firm playdough texture.
When you use beet juice instead of the normal one cup of water called for in the recipe, you get a nice, deep pink color that the kids really enjoyed. Best of all, this mama doesn't have to worry about harmful chemicals in one of their favorite activities!