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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults 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!

Red cabbage dye and a magical playdough colour combination
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.

Red cabbage dye colour changes - playdough recipe

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!!!

Cabbage dye colour changing recipe for magic playdough

Red cabbage dye recipe
  • 200g chopped red cabbage 
  • 500ml water
Cabbage dye freezes well in an ice cube tray so any excess can be saved for out-of-season play.

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
  • or
  • 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda if you want the playdough to become a blue, green colour
  • Hand moisturiser (optional)     
Mixing playdough ingredients to make coloured dough - preschool children ativity
More natural dye recipes from plants, fruits and vegetables

 Red cabbage  
 Grass dye
 Carrot playdough  
 Rosehip dye                    
 Onion skin dye  
 Raspberry dyed playdough  Blackberry
 Woad blue dye recipe 
A collection of natural playdough dyes made from plants, fruits and vegetables

Buy bicarbonate of soda on
Buy cream of tartar on
Buy red cabbage seeds to grow your own on
Buy large icecube trays to freeze your excess dye on

More playdough ideas
Pick fresh lavender and add it to your dough
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