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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults A recipe for rosehip dye. So I'll come clean, I felt a niggle of guilt using these as a natural dye for playdough when synthetic colourings are so cheap and readily available. There are many herbal recipes that use these summer fruits all of which claim health benefits due to the generous content of vitamin C that each rosehip contains. This recipe took a handful of hips, all that our wild branches had to offer this year, so for the sake of staining playdough it has felt somewhat wasteful, but, the finished playdough turned out to be a very pretty apricot colour, with a natural earthy aroma and great texture. There's a hopeful ending too, the sweetbriar rose seeds left over in the mush have been mixed with some soil. Fingers crossed, come next spring they'll be seedlings to transfer, then in a few years time more hips to experiment with in our dehydrator! (link to

Rosehip dye recipe to colour playdough

Rosehip dye recipe
70g rosehips
150ml water

Simmer the hips for about 10 minutes, keeping a watch on the level of water. Leave to cool and then blend. Strain the mixture through muslin cloth and measure the separated liquid.

Homemade playdough recipe
  • 150g plain flour
  • 120g salt
  • 120ml rosehip liquid
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  •  a few drops of scented oil (optional)
  • Hand moisturiser (optional)    
Place all the playdough ingredients apart form the moisturiser (if using) into a saucepan and cook over a moderate heat until everything combines to form a ball of dough. There should be no or minimal amount of 'sticky looking areas.  Turn out the mound and leave to cool then knead with your hands. At this point add the lotion to condition the playdough, providing it with a silken, more pliable texture, and, we've found helping to extend its shelf life.

Ingredients to make rosehip dye and playdough
Simmering rose hips

Making rosehip playdough
Making rosehip playdough

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