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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults Raspberry dye recipe for colouring playdough
Raspberries are an excellent fruit for dyeing fabric and equally awesome at making a beautiful, bright pink coloured dough.

Use overripe, squashed or the last berries that the raspberry canes have to offer and cook up a dough that children (and adults!) can thoroughly enjoy.

 Take the opporunity to discover the skill and work involved with growing raspberries explaining to children how they rarely grow wild, unlike the free rambling blackberry or sprawling Elder tree, and once you have the dye simmering over heat, breathe deeply as the berry's delicious aroma fills the air.
Share stories about the origin, myth, and folklore as your playdough joins the weave of recipes that raspberries are celebrated for!

Making raspberry dye to colour stain playdough

Raspberry dye recipe
  • 70g raspberries
  • 200ml water
Wash the freshly picked fruits carefully and rescue any unexpected bugs! Then simmer in the water for 10 minutes (probably less) keeping a careful watch that the liquid doesn't evaporate too quickly. Remove from the heat, let it cool, and then blend. Strain the mixture through a muslin cloth and measure out the separated liquid. Make the amount up 120ml if necessary.

Homemade playdough recipe
  • 150g plain flour
  • 120g salt
  • 120ml raspberry dye liquid
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • a few drops of scented oil (optional)
  • Hand moisturiser (optional)    
How to make a raspberry dye to colour playdough

Place all the ingredients except the lotion into a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until everything comes together in a ball. Leave to cool and then knead until smooth. Add a few spoonfuls of hand cream and work in with a squelch and squash technique.

Raspberry pink playdough activities

Raspberry fabric dyes
on google images fn facts on Russells Fruitiers Ltd    

Making natural dye recipes from plants

 Grass dye
 Rosehip dye
 Red cabbage  
 Onion skin dye  

Buy a blender on
Buy muslin strainer cloths on
Buy raspberry cane to grow your own fruit on
Buy raspberry oil essence on

Buy pink craft buttons on


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