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All Natural Play Doh

Last week I mentioned that we were moving and needed to clean out the refrigerator. While cleaning out the fridge, I found a jar of beets waaaay in the back that I had forgotten I had! I was unsure of the age of the beets, so I threw the last two out, but I was left with a cup of beet juice. I have seen how well it stains my clothes in the past, so I wanted to try to use it as a dye. Looking over the rest of the ingredients I had in my kitchen to use up before we moved, I spotted flour, salt, sugar and other pantry staples and was immediately taken back to my childhood to when we used to make our own homemade play doh. I did a quick google search for some recipes, but most took cream of tartar – something I (surprisingly) do not have in my baking cabinet. Another quick google search revealed that I could use vinegar (at 3 times the amount) in it’s place. So I decided to make my own all natural play doh recipe – no cream of tartar and no artificial coloring. Instead, I would use the beet juice to make it a gorgeous shade of purple.
All Natural Play Doh Recipe

The recipe couldn’t be easier – you will need the following:

1 cup of flour
1 cup of colored liquid (I used beet juice, but experiment with other fruit/veggie juices for different colors)
1/4 cup of salt
3 T. white vinegar
1 T. vegetable oil

Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan and stir constantly over medium heat. After a few minutes it will begin to lump together- Keep stirring! When it has combined into one ball, remove from pan and knead on a hard surface until smooth.

Store dough in an airtight container (I put mine in a Mason jar, but I’m sure if you have kids you’ll want something plastic!). From what I remember as a child, the dough lasted months if kept airtight, and I’m sure the same will hold true for this all natural version, even with the beet juice.
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What do you think of this easy recipe? I’m a 30 year old woman (with no kids!) and I still had a blast making/playing with this! If you experiment with other juices to get different colors, let me know in the comments- I’d love to hear your results!

Do you know a mother or teacher in your life who would love this recipe for their kids or students? Feel free to share it with them or pin it on Pinterest! I appreciate all “shares” and “pins”!

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