Monday, October 5, 2009

All-Natural Play Clay

I found this recipe in a Family Fun magazine and wanted to pass it along to all of you who have color-dye sensitive kids, or try to only use natural food colorings.

I have used this recipe for regular clay with food-coloring, but have not tried the natural dyes! This is a good project for Marin and I--I'll let you know how it goes. And post some pictures of our colors.

No-Cook Dough with Natural Coloring:
1 Cup Flour
3/8 Cup Salt
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
Natural Dye

Brown: 3/8 cup plus 1 cup tablespoon hot water and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
Fuchsia: 3/8 cup hot beet juice (you can use the liquid from a 15-oz can of beets)
Orange: 3/8 cup hot water and 1 tablespoon paprika
Yellow: 3/8 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon turmeric

In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour and salt. Pour in the oil and your chosen natural dye, and stir well. Knead the dough on a floured surface for a few minutes. If the clay is too soft or sticky, add a bit more flour. Store the clay in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

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