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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults A recipe for carrot dye and vegetable playdough!

Making carrot playdough with the extracted juice of these root veggies has  been one of the best natural dye recipes we've tried, with red cabbage, grass & blueberries all coming a very close second!! The strained puree can be quite thick so the recipe uses 200ml to bring the dough into form, added to the rest of the ingredients watch as they combine, cook, and the orange tinged liquid transforms into a bright sunny yellow.  Once cool enough to handle hopefully you'll also experience one of the best straight-from-the-pan playdough textures to start your modelling adventures with!

Carrot dye recipe to make carrot playdough

Activites to enjoy this dough include rolling out pieces of thedough into pointy sausages, recreating the classic carrot shape and helping young children to practice their scissor cutting skills by snipping at strips of green paper and inserting them into the end of the carrot cones as leaves. If you've some real leafy tops these too can be cut and pushed into the dough to decorate the sculptures.  Expand on the fun by taking play into the small world arena and introduce a warren of rabbit role play characters. Talk about treats, sweets, sugar, how we look after our teeth and rabbits, who wibble the tip of their noses up and down!

RSPCA rabbits and carrots 

Carrot dye recipe to colour playdough
Carrot dye recipe
  • 150g carrots
  • 250ml water
Wash & peel the carrots if necessary then slice and simmer in water for 10 minutes keeping a watch on the level of the liquid.

Once the rounds of carrot have softened remove from the heat and leave tocool. Blend carrots and water then strain it through a sieve to otain thepuree.


Carrot playdough recipe
  • 150g plain flour
  • 120g salt
  • 200ml carrot puree
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • a few drops of scented oil (optional)
  • Hand moisturiser (optional)    
Place all the ingredients except the lotion into a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until everything comes together to form a ball. Knead and play

Carrot playdough made from puree dye for preschool children modelling activities
More carrot activities
Place cut carrot tops in a shallow dish of water to watch them regrow their leaves

Carrot recipes on the carrot association's website

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