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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults A green grass dye recipe for naturally staining playdough! If you've ever found your bottles of artificial food colouring running a little low, look outdoors for some inspiration. This particular yellow green dye comes from a brew of blended grass clippings. Our lawn has a fairly generous splattering of clover and dandelion in its mix so you may find your finished dough is somewhat brighter than the batch we managed!

Grass dyed playdough -activities using naural colours

Extract the green chlorophyll by blending, liquidising, juicing or simmering a good handful (about 40g) of grass tips along with 100ml of water. Strain the mulch through muslin, squeezing gently to make sure all the liquid is separated - repurposed Tshirt fabric also works well for this, measure how much fluid has been collected and if necessary make it up to 120ml.

Green grass playdough recipe
  • 150g plain flour
  • 120g salt
  • 120g grass dye liquid
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar (optional)
  • Lime oil (optional)
  • Hand moisturiser (optional)  
Excluding any hand cream, cook the rest of the ingredients together over a medium heat until the mixture comes together to form a ball. Turn it out and leave to cool, then knead until the dough is smooth, at this point add the optional hand cream or lotion and work in the new texture by squishing and squashing! This is an ingredient that we find helps to extend the life of playdough, improving its pliability and is just a great extra for messy play!

Recipe, how to dye playdough a grass green colour using natural ingredients

Grass soup is a perfect outdoors activity that children can make in their mud kitchen areas or anywhere there's a patch of green blades to be harvested! With a little help from adults on electrical appliance duty the resulting concoctions can be poured into bowls containing a beaker full of flour + 1/2 a beaker of salt. This raw dough is short lived but full of excellent learning opportunities.

Green grass dye recipe for staining playdough - kids mud kitchen activity

Green grass playdough activity for children

More natural dye recipes

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