Red cabbage dye, a recipe for magic playdough!
Simmer shredded red cabbage on a medium heat for about 20 minutes and watch
as the water turns a glorious purple! The awesomeness of cabbage water
doesn't stop there as this liquid is now a sensitive PH indicator, reacting
to acidic and alkaline substances by changing colour. Perfect for stepping
up fun at the playdough table where the purple dye is poured over familiar
kitchen ingredients to trigger some interesting magic!
Cream of tartar is acidic, by adding
1 spoonful to the regular flour, salt and oil dough mix, the purple water
will create an almost immediate pink playdough!
Or add 1 spoonful of bicarbonate of soda to
the flour, salt and oil mix and then, when the purple dye is poured in, see
how the dough turns a bluish green. The bicarbonate also has its own reaction
by releasing carbon dioxide making the dough temporarily 'poofy'!
Salt has no effect on the colour of the cabbage dye so by adding this to
plain flour, salt and oil it will produce a straight forward purple playdough.
Sprinkle both bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar into one
mixing bowl or saucepan containing the dough's flour and salt, and then you
have a recipe for some magic!!!
Red cabbage dye recipe
Cabbage dye freezes well in an ice cube tray so any excess can be saved for
- 200g chopped red cabbage
- 500ml water
Red cabbage playdough recipe
- 150g plain flour
- 120g salt
- 120ml cabbage dye liquid
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tbsp cream of tartar - if you want
the playdough to turn pink
- 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda if you
want the playdough to become a blue, green colour
- Hand moisturiser (optional)
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