Messy Heart Painting

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

What’s not to love about this super fun, super easy Messy Heart Painting art project!?!

With a set-up of time of LESS than 5 minutes using materials you’re likely to already have at home, this is the PERFECT activity to have in the back pocket for rainy days.

And I can guarantee, you’re kids – little or big – will love it!

So here’s what you need!

MATERIALS: Messy Heart Painting 

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Cardboard
Tinfoil
Paint
Paintbrushes

Messy Heart Painting 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

To create the heart canvas, simply grab an old cardboard box and cut out a heart shape.

Next, wrap it with tinfoil.

Depending on how perfectionist you are, you could either smooth it out or leave a few bumps and creases for a little extra sensory fun.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

Set up the paint and start with a paintbrush or get creative and offer a q-tip, a clothes peg with a pom-pom, yarn or any other household item that might be fun to paint with.

And then, just leave the kiddos to it and see what they do!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

My kids will often skip the paintbrush and dive straight in with their hands.

When we try this activity again, I will certainly get more creative and perhaps offer some natural paintbrushes made up of leaves and flowers as an alternative.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

If you would like to add an educational ‘pre-writing’ slant to this activity, you could offer your child some images of letters, shapes or numbers for them to copy.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

Or like us, just stick to having some messy fun.

My little girl loved moving the paint over the tinfoil canvas, smoothing out the bumps while mixing the paint.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

She tried creating handprints.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

And loved reviewing the “pretty paintings” left on her hands.

For such a simple activity, our messy hearts offers oodles of open-ended play for kids – from colour mixing, sensory process art to becoming a fun pre-writing activity.

However your child adapts this activity, as they are likely to have their own ideas, I hope they love the process and have lots of fun with it!

For more process art ideas take a look at our watercolour heart painting, yarn art and splatter painting!

 

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Bubble Wrap Stamps

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With a set up time of less than five minutes, these Bubble Wrap Stamps kept toddler Cakes entertained for hours. She loved them!

Perfect for tiny hands to hold, Cakes didn’t waste any time exploring the capabilities of the bubble wrap stamps. She tried light stamps, firm stamps, small amounts of paint and huge splodges of multiple colours.

Free to explore, Cakes was absorbed from start to finish as her mind whirled away, switching between little artist to scientist – an aspect of process art that I love to see.

Using just a few materials, this is a great activity for at home or within the classroom.

Bubble Wrap Stamp Materials: 

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Wooden Blocks – US Link / UK Link 
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Elastic Bands
Paper
Paint

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Using a range of different wooden shapes, wrap them in bubble wrap and secure with an elastic band.

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Present your arty kids with paint, the bubble wrap stamps and paper, and take a big step back!

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Bubble wrap is an incredibly tactile material to use and as you can see, Cakes loved to hold and touch the bubbles. She was intrigued by their texture and the prints they made, with each looking and feeling  slightly different depending on the amount of force she applied.

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For toddlers who are wanting to ‘do stuff’, bubble wrap stamps couldn’t be more perfect for their stage of development. It’s also great if you have multiple children of various ages. My five year old recently used this technique to create home made wrapping paper and then scales on her crocodile painting!

I hope your children enjoy exploring bubble wrap as much as Cakes!

We love process art and have many simple and fun art ideas to try!

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Seashell Sensory Shaker

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Give the Seashell Sensory Shaker a ‘shake shake shake’ and watch the shells and bubbles dance. Shake it some more and it becomes a musical instrument.

A wonderful toy and discovery bottle that excites and entrances kids. My girls LOVED it!

As well as all the fun stuff, the intrigue and the noise element, sensory bottles are a great tool for young children to use as an outlet to the big emotions. Whenever my eldest feels a little cross, giving her sensory bottle a shake and watching the bubbles, achieves a sense of calm and gives her time to consider about her feelings.

However your child uses their sensory bottle, with just a few materials, it couldn’t be easier to make.

Seashell Sensory Shaker Materials:

A clear bottle – I recycled a shampoo bottle
Shells
Baby Oil
Water
Food Colouring
PVA Glue

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Seashell Sensory Shaker How-to: 

Step 1. Fill 1/3 of the clear plastic bottle with baby oil.

Step 2. Add a few drops of food colouring.

Step 3. Add the shells.

Step 4. Add another 1/3 of cool water.

Step 5. Place a small amount of glue into the lid and seal.

Step 6. Leave the glue to dry before using.

Once the glue is dry, hand over to your kiddies and give the Seashell Sensory Shaker a good ‘Shake Shake Shake’ – why not see for yourself how much toddler Cakes enjoyed it on instagram!

The concept for our sensory bottle comes from Happy Hooligans Ocean in a Bottle. With living by the sea, the beach is a big part of our lives and I loved the idea of incorporating the colours; recreating the motion of rolling shells that naturally tumble across the seabed with the waves and  an auditory element to complete our Seashell Sensory Shaker.

I hope you’ve enjoyed making your own shakers and watching the kids play.

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Toddler Fingerpainting on Tinfoil

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Process art doesn’t get better than Toddler Fingerpainting on Tinfoil. My toddler had a blast dipping her fingers into the paint, swirling it and sliding her hands across the entire tinfoil canvas to create a wonderful spread of brightly coloured art!

I could see Cakes’ little mind whirling away as she explored the texture and experimented with paint. Completely absorbed in the fingerpainting, she really enjoyed the sensory element; the feel of the paint, the sliding motion across the tinfoil and the visual delights of the merging colours, which is what process art is all about!

Taking a few short minutes to set up, this is a great sensory art activity for very young children.

Toddler Fingerpainting: Materials 

A chopping board – I used a small wooden board
Tinfoil
Paint
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To prepare, I simply wrapped a sheet of tinfoil around a wooden chopping board and added three dollops of paint using the primary colours.

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First Cakes tentatively placed her finger into the paint. I love how she switched glances between her finger and the tinfoil canvas, taking in the cause and affect.

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Getting into the fingerpainting, Cakes used her fingers with swirling motions to mix the paint.

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And to finish, both hands were in!

Watching Cakes explore was a real delight. She was completely absorbed from start to finish and requested “more!”

Fingerpainting on tinfoil would be a really hands-on and fun way to further explore colour mixing, shapes and could even be used for the beginnings of forming letters and numbers!

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15 Water Bead Sensory Play Activities

Arty Crafty Kids - 15 Water Bead Sensory Play Activities

I’ve recently introduced my kids to Water Beads and couldn’t believe how much they loved them! A simple activity just exploded into a full blown sensory play extravaganza.

I have later discovered how Water Beads may be used within science experiments, various imaginary play settings, light tables and can even glow in the dark! Feeling inspired by all these super fun ideas, I’ve put together a collection of our favourite 15 Water Bead and Sensory Play Activities from a range of fabulous bloggers!

 15 Water Bead Sensory Play Activities

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1) Sensory Play with Water Beads and Goop – The post that sparked our love of Water Beads!


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2 )  I love this DIY Sensory Tube by In the Playroom – I can imagine this keeping little ones entranced for hours!

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3) An incredible post that demonstrates various Ways to Play with Water Beads by Adventures of Adam.

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4)How awesome do these  Glow in the Dark Water Beads by Learn Play Imagine look!

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5) A perfect sensory play activity for summer – Ocean Themed Water Play by Danya Banya

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6) Beautiful and sumple idea – Water Beads and Flower Sensory Tub by Kids Activity Blog

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7)Such a great way to combine sensory play wth learning –  Sort-A-Rainbow by A Little Pinch of Perfect

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8) Love this very simple sensory tub idea – Fine Motor Skills – Fishing in Water Beads by Mutlicraftingmummy

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9) A fantastic fine motor activity using water beads on a light table – Water Beads on the Light Table by Danya Banya

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10) The expansion of water beads is fascinating! Measuring Water Beads by Blue Bear Wood

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11)Water beads can even be frozen –  Water beads in a Water Balloon by Learn Play Imagine

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12) Gorgeous sensory bag idea for younger children –  Spring Themed Sensory Bag by Learning and Exploring Through Play

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13) Combine water beads with ice for an amazing sensory experience – Water Beads and Ice by Learning 4 Kids

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14) Something a little different and the perfect play idea for summer! #Easy Play Idea by You Clever Monkey

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15) A brilliant activity to develop fine motor skills!  Fine Motor with Water Beads by Still Playing School

I hope you’ve a enjoyed our round-up of super fun 15 Water Bead and Sensory Play Activities and have fun exploring the endless possibilities with Water Beads!

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Sensory Play

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We’ve only recently discovered Water Beads and oh my goodness, the fun my kids had! What I love about sensory play, in general, is that it’s incredibly open ended.

I had no idea their play would evolve into creating water bead cupcakes with a lush purple goop topping and this, is the beauty of a child’s imagination; with the materials to hand, kids play can go anywhere.

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Water Beads –  tactile and colourful, are perfect for sensory play.

Cakes enjoyed their texture and armed with a spoon, she practised transferring the beads from one bowl to another.

A simple, yet captivating activity that’s ideal for developing fine motor skills.

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Her sister, a few years older, took the sensory play to a another level; with cupcakes in mind, she became a baker.

Carefully filling each silicone liner with Water Beads and topping with a pretty purple ‘icing’ (the goop).We were all soon engrossed in a imaginary birthday celebration, eating delicious home-made cupcakes.

Needless to say, Angel had a blast!

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I loved that both my kids could enjoy this sensory play session.

If you would love to explore play with Water Beads, check out the list of recommended materials below.

Sensory Play with Water Beads and Goop: Materials

Water Beads
Silicone Cupcake Cases
Cornstarch (mixed with water to desired consistency to make goop)
Food Colouring (to add colour to goop)
Bowls and Spoons

Whilst water beads are non-toxic, they are NOT taste safe and could present a choking hazard. As such they should be used under close supervision.

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Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers

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Adapted from our very popular Cling Film Art technique, babies and toddlers can now enjoy this sensory art process too!

Cakes is 14 months and loved smoothing out and moving the lumps and bumps of the paint across the paper.  Virtually mess free, babies and toddlers can pick  their art up, wave it about and even put it on their heads (baby cakes did this to play peek- a-boo) without the risk of getting messy!

They can fully explore the texture and colours, making this Sensory Art  for Babies and Toddlers a sensory delight.

Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers

Large Zip Lock Bags
Paint – A range of Colours
Card or very thick paper

Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers

To get started, cut the paper to the size of the zip lock bag so it fits comfortably inside.

Squirt random amounts of paint in various directions and colours across the paper, pop it into a zip lock bag.

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Next, hand the locked zip bag over to your arty kid and encourage them to glide their hands across the zip lock bag to see what happens.

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Cakes facial expressions switched between a mixture of intense concentration, to bemusement to sheer excitement. She loved it and her elder sister, couldn’t help but get involved too!

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I love that this fantastic Sensory Art Process can be adapted to suit the needs of a broad age group.

The zip lock bag is great if you’re focusing on the sensory element of painting. If you’re looking to create a piece of art for keeps, I would advise using our cling film art technique, as it’s quite difficult to remove the paper without smudging the original painting.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our adaptation and your little ones love our Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers as much as Angel and Cakes!

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Sensory Play Monster Pizza

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Wowee, where do I start! My girls loved their Sensory Play Monster Pizza session. Cakes enjoyed exploring the different textures and colours, whilst Angel whipped up wriggly worm pizza’s with eyeball sauce and spider crunchies! Her bat special was monst-abulous! A grotesque sensory delight.

They both had a blast with this easy to prepare activity and to use the words of the little lovely, our Sensory Play Monster Pizza session was “awesome!”

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Our Sensory Play Monster Pizza was inspired by Claire Freedman’s Spider Sandwiches. A book we’ve read again and again and again. Its gruesome culinary combinations really tickles Angel’s sense of humour and captures her imagination. She loves to imagine her own bug-filled and gross meals that are always described in great detail with a cheeky snigger and a little chuckle.

The idea of mummy eating slug and earwax soup is a particular favourite! As such, we came up with the idea to have our very own Monster Pizza’s and if you’re looking for a book to make your little monsters imaginations sparkle, then Claire Freedman’s Spider Sandwiches will do exactly that!

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Sensory Play Monster Pizza – What’s in it?

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To maximise the ‘sensory’ element of our Sensory Play Monster Pizza session, I incorporated smooth, rough, squidgy, fluffy, wibbly and wobbly textures and used a range of bright and engaging colours, with some added sparkle to stimulate the all senses.

Most of the ingredients used are the basic staples found in most kitchen or bathroom cupboards (nothing too fancy or difficult to find), for instance: flour, spaghetti, salt, shaving cream etc

In terms of prep, much of the ‘monster mixture’ will need to be prepared the day before, however each element will not take long and it really is totally worth it!

Salt Dough Pizza Base

1 Cup of Plain Flour
½ Cup of Water
½ Cup of Salt
Food Colouring

Mix the flour and salt into a bowl and mix, gradually adding water. Keep mixing until you get a doughy consistency. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. If it’s too dry, add more water.

To create the marble effect, I added small droplets of food colouring directly onto the dough and kneaded it in.

To finish off, place the ‘pizza base’ into the oven on a low heat until nice and firm. Allow to cool before using.

Using a salt dough pizza base was fab, as they could be reused a few times and added a little bit of realism to the play.

Eyeball Monster Sauce

Really simple: Mushed up jelly and googly eyes.

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Spider Cream

Can you guess how made our Spider Cream?

We used shaving cream and food colouring. Only a couple of droplets of food colouring is needed with a little stir to create this really cool marbling effect.

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Wriggly Worms

I cannot believe how easy it is to dye spaghetti and I have to say, I love the results!

All you have to do is boil spaghetti until very soft and then rinse it with cold water until cool.

Separate the spaghetti into small bags and add a few drops of food colouring ( I used food colouring gel). Give the bags a good shake until all the spaghetti is covered and leave for 24 hours.

Before using our wriggly worms, I added a few droplets of vegetable oil to each bag to add moisture.

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To complete our  Sensory Play Monster Pizza session, I added a few inexpensive creepy crawly extras to bring it all together and to not only invite play, but to make it irresistible.

The boring bits! 

Children must be supervised at all times during this activity and none of the ingredients used with our Sensory Play Monster Pizza session is intended for consumption. 

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Cling Film Art

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

I first published Cling Film Art on our former site ‘Craft Ideas for Kids’ in 2014 and it’s inspired a huge stream of mess-free processes that can widely found across Pinterest.

We’ve used this process time and time again from creating obscure abstract art, to introducing babies to painting without the mess, to a little bit of fun on a rainy afternoon and creating awesome backdrops for sunsets and under the sea fish art.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

We’ve swapped the cling film for zip locked bags and bubble wrap for some extra sensory fun, and I’ve seen readers caught up in mess free vs messy disputes.

Cling film art is not about the merits mess vs mess-free processes, it’s simply another fun art idea that creates awesome colour blends and abstract unique pieces.

And for children who dislike getting their hands messy, it is also an ideal process that accommodates their sensory needs (as i’m sure we can all appreciate that not all kids enjoy mess).

So if you’re new to Cling Film Art, this is how it works…

Cling Film Art

Supplies:

Stock White Card
Kids Paint
Cling Film

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

This process works best when the paint is spread across the card as shown above. I’ve seen many bloggers attempt this with large splodges of paint, but in my experience this makes the paint difficult  for little hands for spread and it doesn’t spread and mix the colours particularly well.

So pick up the bottle, give it a gentle squeeze and allow it to flow freely;  spreading the paint randomly across the card, criss-crossing with other colours.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

Next, cover it in cling film.

Be careful not to wrap the card too tightly. There needs to be a little give in the cling film otherwise the paint may become difficult to spread.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

And now for the fun bit.

Place two hands onto the cling film and begin spreading.

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Gently mix the colours and see what happens.

Spread it quickly, gently, with one finger or bash it (as my youngest daughter attempted).

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

What new colours and shades can your little ones make?

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cling Film Art | A fun art idea for kids that great for colour mixing and mess free sensory art.

And once the paint has been spread across the card, peel the cling film away to reveal the finished piece.

I adore this process and my children have loved it over the years. The colour blends are amazing and great for cosmic, under the sea and sunset scenes.

But most of all, it’s all about the process and there really is no right or wrong to cling film art.

Enjoy!

For more process fun process art ideas, check out our bubble wrap prints, yarn art and craft stick canvas!

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The Original Cling Film Art Project 2014

Cling Film Art is a fabulous art process for little kids and great one for parents too, as it is virtually mess free!

Crafty kids adore spreading out the lumps and bumps, merging the colours to make pretty patterns ; providing a sensory element to the art process.  It’s an art process we’ve revisited time and time again, and one we’ll continue to use for many of our projects.

 

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Homemade Natural Playdough

When it comes to homemade playdough, I love to keep things natural. To experiment with naturally occurring colours and scents, to heighten the sensory and play experience for the girls. I have to say, once you start making Homemade Natural Playdough it becomes rather addictive and when you find yourself assessing your herbs and spices and fridge contents in terms of Playdough potential, you know you’ve got the bug!

Making Homemade Natural Playdough is amazingly simple and can take less than 15 minutes to make!

The gorgeous red shade of our  Homemade Natural Playdough comes from beetroot. The Playdough is silky soft with an unexpected delicate sweet scent. Little lovely, to my surprise, picked up on all of these qualities and loved playing with it.

Homemade Natural Playdough – Ingredients

1 Cup of Plain Flour
1/2 a Cup of Salt
3/4 a Cup of Warm Water
1 Sachet of Cream of Tartar
1 tsp of Oil
1 Medium Sized Beetroot

Homemade Natural Playdough – Creating the Natural Dye

Roughly chop the beetroot into small squared segments and place into a pan, with a 1/2 a cup of water. Apply heat until the water begins to bubble and then reduce the heat to a simmer for up to 5 minutes. Craft Ideas for Kids - homemade playdough

Once the pan water appears deep red in colour, use a sieve to drain the water into a jug.

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Allow the dyed water to cool until warm and then add to the playdough mixture, following the method below.

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Homemade Playdough – Method

1. Place the flour, salt and cream of tartar into a bowl and mix.
2. Gradually add water until the consistency thickens and becomes ‘dough’ like.
3. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. If it’s too dry, add more water.
4. Knead the dough until smooth and roll into a ball.
5. Wrap the playdough in cling film and allow to stand for hour before using. This settling time allows the dough to richen in colour and prevents any transference of colour onto little hands.

The Playdough can be reused and stored for up to six months in a tightly sealed container, however the dough may require a little oil to soften. To create other red shades, beetroot can be replaced with strawberries, raspberries and red cabbage or for other colours, maybe try blueberries or blackberries?