Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Beetroot & Blueberry Playdough


Here's our latest play discovery from a pan of boiling veg! I'd been making a chocolate & beetroot cake & boiled up beetroot as part of the recipe. After adding it to the cake mixture I was left with a pan of vibrant red liquid. It seemed such a waste to pour it away, so I used it as a natural dye for homemade playdough!


Here's our beetroot playdough recipe. We followed our non-cook playdough recipe for quick result
Ingredients:
1 cup of flour
half a cup of salt
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of oil
1 cup of boiled beetroot water
(the beetroot had been simmering for around an hour)
Method:
Mix all the dry ingredients together & add the oil. Slowly add & the beetroot water & mix until a smooth dough is formed.

The boiled beetroot water created this beautiful delicate pink colour.


Since our initial discovery we've made more beetroot playdough, this time leaving the boiled beetroot in the water overnight. The infused water produced a deeper, richer pink playdough!




After making the beetroot playdough, I had a peek in the refrigerator & discovered a handful of overripe blueberries. We boiled them in the same way as the beetroot & added the flour, salt, cream of tartar & oil as before. The finished result was this beautiful purple playdough.



Minnie has been exploring the dough with her natural playdough tools, her favourite being these dried poppy pods which create amazing patterns when pushed into the dough. 


I love the effect the colours produce as they're blended together. (The colours are always mixed together pretty quick in our house!) ;-)


These natural dyes combined with the homemade playdough provided some great sensory play. Minnie was able to explore colours & shades, motor skills, hand-eye co-coordination, creativity, & imagination.  Check out her little owl below.


For more natural dyes check out our sunflower dye we created last summer.


14 comments:

  1. I'm curious about the large quantities of cream of tartar in several non-cook recipes around. I had assumed that 1 tablespoon was a mistake for 1 teaspoon and have tried both with no obvious difference.

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    1. I always use a tablespoon of cream of tartar, in fact when Minnie helps make it we probably add a little bit more!!:D The dough always comes out ok. I think it's added as a preservative for the dough.

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  2. Fabulous - I always throw away the beetroot water when doing pickled beetroots but now have an idea of what to do with it.

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    1. Yay! It was such a gorgeous colour I just had to use it for something.

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  3. just beautiful, would be a fun science experiment for bigger kids too. We have lots of blackberries around here at the moment. Love the poppy prints.

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    1. Fantastic idea, & how lovely would blackberries be, such a gorgeous purple! Let me know if you make some, I'd love to see how it turns out.

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  4. Lovely photos! We made play dough with blueberry juice back in the summer and it was lovely!

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    1. Thank you! How did I miss your blueberry playdough?? Off now to find your post & link it up :)

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  5. Sparkly Blueberry Playdough from The Imagination Tree http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2011/07/blueberry-sparkle-playdough.html

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  6. I love this idea. We have not experimented with either unless it involved eating them. I can;t wait to try this with my little girl!

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  7. Thanks for the idea!! Can you post the recipe for the chocolate & beetroot cake? I am so curious to try it!

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  8. I'm also very curious about the chocolate & beetroot cake!

    Your naturally dyed playdough is beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up to learning laboratory at mama smiles =)

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  9. What a wonderful idea! The colors turned out so lovely.

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  10. I love the color of the play dough, and that you used a natural dye. Thanks so much for sharing with the kids-Co op!

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