Play dough is a staple activity of most childhoods, including mine. I have memories of sitting at the kitchen table making Care-Bear and Rainbow Brite play dough figures with my sister. I even remember eating a pretend hamburger and being very surprised by the salty taste. Now that I have my own kids, I want them to love play dough like I did. And I want to embrace it in an eco-friendly way.
Make your own play dough
If you have some free time, have some fun and make play dough from scratch. It’s really, really easy and lasts forever. This recipe is from my mom and we took these pictures when she came out to visit last winter. Mommies are the best!
Use natural dyes in play dough
Ditch the food coloring and make your own dye from crushed strawberries, turmeric, oak tree bark, and beetroot. The colors you can create from nature are just insane. And the scent is just an added bonus. Does it get any better than this?!
If making play dough is just not gonna happen, there are new lines of all-natural, certified non-toxic and environmentally-friendly play dough popping up all the time ( like Clementine Art.) We have this and use it when we are out and about. The containers are the perfect size to keep in your purse for “out to dinner emergencies,” waiting in lines at amusement parks or a plane ride.
Reusable Accessories: Rather than buy plastic play dough tools, why not reuse items around your house? Garlic press, cookie cutters, butter knives, rolling pin, coffee beans, sticks, plastic toys, all make great play dough accessories. What about collecting leaves, rocks and bark and create your own dinosaur world like my son did above? The ideas are endless and will stretch your children’s imagination by thinking outside the box.