DIY Green Play Dough with Homemade Natural Coloring

Did you think that homemade colorings would be dull?  Check out this play dough!

Green

We make our play dough with a basic recipe that my mother originally got from my grandmother, I believe.  We used SPINACH to dye it green.  (No, really, we did. We prefer to make our own non-toxic food dye.) The color turned out amazing, and even better, it is SO EASY.

Once you have your clear, colored liquid (instructions in the above links), pour it into a clear measuring cup, and add a bit of water until you have the amount of liquid you need to make the following recipe.

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DIY Green Play Dough with Homemade Natural Coloring
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Homemade colorings are anything but boring. These play dough turned out with incredible colors. And with a few drops of essential oil added, they provided a sensory-explosion experience.
Ingredients
  • 1 cups flour (white flour will be smoothest)
  • ½ cup salt (use a fine-grain salt and not chunky sea-salt)
  • 1 cups water (the strained, colored liquid - instructions at homesteadandgardens.com)
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • A handful of spinach leaves
  • A few drops of lime essential oil (optional - adds an amazing sensory experience)
Instructions
  1. Put a large handful of leaves in a food-processor (this is a small one), add just a drizzle of water, and blend until the spinach leaves are turned to a mush. Strain it through a fine-woven cloth (I use kitchen muslin) and you should have a clear green liquid. If you see tiny solids still in it, strain it one more time.
  2. Once you have your clear, colored liquid, pour it into a clear measuring cup, and add a bit of water until you have the amount of liquid you need.
  3. Combine the strained liquid with the flour, salt, oil, and cream of tartar in a pan. Place over medium low heat and stir until a ball forms. Remove from the heat, scoop it out onto a piece of tin foil, and allow the dough to cool. Knead a little bit when cool and the play dough is ready for the kids.
  4. I added some essential oils at the end to give an even greater sensory experience.

Do you see the smiley face? I couldn’t recreate that on purpose if I wanted to.

Stir the ingredients really well so you get a smooth playdough patty.

After only a couple of minutes, the ingredients will come together in a mass.

Immediately remove it from the heat, scoop it out with a spoon onto some tin foil. Allow it to cool a bit, then knead it a few times.
Voila. Green play dough.

(Want to make red, purple, yellow, and orange play doughs too? Homemade Sensory Play Dough with Natural DIY Colorings)

Kneading the play dough.

Adding lime essential oil for an amazing sensory experience for the kids.

It only takes 5-6 minutes to make each play dough patty.  Less than an hour will give you a rainbow of naturally-dyed homemade sensory play dough!

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2 Responses to DIY Green Play Dough with Homemade Natural Coloring

  1. Yenere January 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    How long will this play dough last? I know it can dry out but I was more concerned with the use of the “natural” food coloring and will it mold.

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    • Anni January 6, 2016 at 11:32 am #

      Because of the salt content, it actually preserves it amazingly well. Ours dried out before it even showed any signs of molding.

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