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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults A blackberry dye recipe that produces a lovely burgundy pink coloured playdough and helps to use up the berry bits 'n pieces left over from cooking crumbles, pies and blending smoothies. Yum!

Blackberries and their juice are infamous for the ability to stain pretty much everything! Their wild availability makes them a most interesting natural dye, with the entire process being one that children can take part in from start to finish - picking plump ripe berries from thickets of prickly brambles to rolling out mounds of scented dough, cuting out shapes and collaging patterns. The cooking process seals in the pigments sothere are fewer red hands to look out for, however everything leading upto that point is as you'd expect, at risk from some serious deep red splatterings!
Blackberry playdough recipe and activity ideas for preschool children's indoors and outside play

With it currently being mid-August, now until mid-September is the perfect time to pick berries from the UK's verges, hedgerows, and the garden. Sadly, or not, we were beaten to the few wild stems at the bottom of our garden byan abundance of slugs and snail slime so ventured out with a couple of emptytubs to fill them from the side of a local pedestrian/cycle path. And theventure out was well worth it, the treat was a canopy of blossom, berries, and bees, and the odd stinging nettle or two!

Picking wild blackberries in the UKs wild hedgerow thickets

Wash your bounty of fruits thoroughly so that any creature crawlies canbe rescued and returned outdoors. Then blend 70g of berries with 100ml of water. Strain carefully through a muslin cloth, squeezing the mulch gently to separte the liquid. Measure and if necessary make it up to 120ml. Freeze unused blackberries for use later in the year.

Blackberry playdough recipe

  • 150g plain flour
  • 120g salt
  • 120g dye liquid
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • Hand moisturiser (optional)
Place all the ingredients except the hand lotion into a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until everything comes together in a ball. Leave it to cool and then knead until smooth.

Blackberry playdough recipe - natural dye activity

Making a blackerry dye to colour handmade playdough

Add a few spoonfuls of hand cream and enjoy the tactile squelchiness as the two combine into a soft pliable dough.
Blackberry playdough a nature activity for preschool children

Garden blackberries are the pickable fruit that kids outdoor kitchens could have been made for! Collect and squash any number of berries, add a little water and pour the mix into a bowl containing a beaker full of flour + 1/2 beaker of salt. Stir, knead and play .

Blackberry playdough activities
Making natural dyes from plants

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