I've been wanting to introduce playdough to my 1 1/2 year old but wasn't sure if he was quite ready. He is still infatuated with putting EVERYTHING in is mouth. I decided to make the playdough anyway but chose a recipe I knew would be safe just in case. This recipe comes from Pure Green Magazine and I was finished making it quicker than it took me to gather the ingredients. It was so easy and I had all the ingredients on hand already. I even had a bunch of beets and making the beet juice water was so easy! Just chop and drop in some water. You can always use regular food coloring if you don't have the beets.
Needless to say my son only wanted to put it in his mouth, so we will try again with him another time. My niece on the other hand thoroughly enjoyed the homemade playdough for a whole 20 minutes of mom free time! She pretended it was cookie dough and enjoyed rolling it out and cutting it with cookie cutters. Overall I'd say it was a success and I will be keeping this recipe on hand for the future!
Quick Tip: I have started a recipe folder on my jump drive that has individual folders for different types of food recipes (main, sides, salads, desserts, snacks, etc.), cleaning recipes, kids recipes, and more. I found that if I like a recipe a lot, and I save it in those folders, I am more likely to use it again because I know exactly where it is and can pull it up quickly.
And now on to the recipe!
Beet Juice Playdough
(This is a double recipe)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar (this may be the one ingredient you may not have on had)
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup of your dyed beet juice water (directions to follow)
Cooking oil, salt, cream of tartar, flour, and beet juice water
Step one: Prepare your natural dye. Chop up one medium size beet and throw into a pot with enough water to make 1 cup of dye. Bring to a boil and let simmer for at least 10 minutes. The longer it sits the deeper the color. (Remember you can skip this step and use whatever dye you have on hand)
Making beet juice water
Step two: Combine your flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a medium size pot. Then add your wet ingredients and cook over medium-low heat.
A little blurry sorry, initial mixture of dry and wet ingredients.
Step three: Stay close and stir constantly. This happens pretty quick. The flour will thicken and come together in about 1-3 minutes. Quick I told you!
It comes together quick, stir constantly.
Step four: When it comes together, remove from pot and knead on a lightly floured surface until it comes together in a smooth ball. I forgot to lightly flour the surface and it turned out just fine with minimal mess. Clean pot immediately so you don't end up with hard flour that is difficult to clean.
The finished product.
You can store your playdough in a sealed container and it should last a good while. I hope your little ones enjoy this recipe as much as my niece did!
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