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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
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Thanksgiving Week Activity: Naturally Dyed & Scented Playdohs

Cranberry Playdough at Almost Unschoolers
pumpkin pie scented playdough at Blisstree

naturally colored yellow playdough scented with essential oils at Syrendell
They all have a similar recipe, which is quite simple...
2 cups of flour

1 cup of salt
4 tablespoons of cream of tarter
2 cups of water

Cook, stirring constantly, in a medium pan, over low heat, until thick, and rubbery. Remove from the pan, and knead, as the dough cools, until smooth. Store in an airtight container.

Natural colors can be added by boiling something colorful in water so that the color is part of the water in the recipe. Just make sure it is cooled before you start. Or, you can add some spice or other dry ingredient that will color the dough, like 1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric for yellow. Scents can be added like essential oils, extracts or spices but they are best added at the end so the heat will not degrade the scents.


  1. We love to make play dough. We made cranberry and pumpkin pie recently. I am hoping to make gingerbread or peppermint (candy cane) soon. The yellow dough looks great!!!!!

  2. I bet turmeric would give a nice color. Great idea from Christy for candy cane play dough, too!


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