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
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!
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 playdough recipe
|Carrot dye recipe
Wash & peel the carrots if necessary then
slice and simmer in water for 10 minutes keeping a watch on the level of
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
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
- 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)
More carrot activities
Place cut carrot tops in a shallow dish of water to watch them regrow their
Carrot recipes on the carrot association's website
Making natural dye recipes from plants
| Grass dye
Onion skin dye