homemade turmeric Playdoh
Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

Spoiler Alert: The Video (below) of our family making playdoh was our FIRST ever attempt!! It was so much easier than I had anticipated and I am thrilled to share this extremely easy homemade recipe with you all today. Homemade playdoh with turmeric powder….it’s genius.

I first heard about this recipe while researching Waldorf and Montessori ideas for toddlers and then it just seemed to follow me around everywhere. Just a few days ago I had one of my favorite Instagram Zero Waste Gals @PlantedInTheWoods post photos of her making playdoh with beetroot and turmeric powder and I thought to myself…ok…It’s time we do this!!

I do hope you all enjoy this recipe; it was so much fun!

Homemade Turmeric Playdoh

We like to keep our waste low by using things that we already have around the house to play with the playdoh. The boys love to use their knives, forks, and spoons from the kitchen as well as various seeds, dried fruit, rocks, sticks and even feathers from their nature table.

With just 20 minutes set aside (and enough food coloring or powders to go around), you can very well make an entire rainbow of playdoh for your children to enjoy! The dough will last about 3 months if stored properly.

Homemade Turmeric Playdoh

What are the Benefits of Playdoh??

  • Enhances Fine Motor Skills! The constant rolling, squishing, flattening and molding of the playdoh strengthens and develops the child’s hands.
  • Improves Pre-Writing Skills by improving the pincer grip.
  • Imagination and Creativity with the unlimited possibilities that await them!
  • Soothes and Calms the child; Allows for concentration and a new way to express emotions.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Increases Curiosity; by blending colors and building whatever their heart desires!
Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric

Homemade Turmeric Powder Playdoh

This is such a short and sweet treat for your kiddos; just mix together the ingredients, knead and you have your very own homemade (and natural!) playdoh 🙂
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Course: how to
Keyword: all natural, homemade playdoh, toxic free, zero waste parenting
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 large ball
Cost: A few dollars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp citric acid
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder Less or more; depending on the color you want
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

Instructions

  • Start by combining the flour, salt, citric acid, oil and turmeric powder. Mix well and adjust the turmeric powder as needed for your color choice. Feel free to swap the powder out for some food coloring; just use as much as you wish for the color of choice.
  • Once well mixed, add in the 3/4 cup of boiling water. The water will take right to the mixture and seem like not enough but it is perfect; just begin to mix together until dough forms. I like to use my hands in the bowl and then transfer the playdoh to the countertop to knead.
  • Knead and knead until the dough is nice and smooth. Store in a wax wrap or an airtight container to keep. It will last about 3 months if properly taken care of!

Notes

**Do not dispose of the playdoh when it has reached the end of its life. Instead, check out these awesome tips from WonderBrains for old playdoh!

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The First Time I Met A Turkey: Go Vegan

I didn’t meet my first Turkey until I was 29 years old. Well….alive that is.

I had consumed these creatures for over 25 years without an ounce of awareness. I didn’t even know what they truly LOOKED like.

I assumed my mother’s Thanksgiving decorations were all I needed to know.

When I finally did get to properly meet one, I was with Martin and we were on a hike in the mountains. Halfway up, there was a little farm and I could hear pigs squealing and cows mooing so loudly that it actually shook me. I ran over to see what was going on and there was a group of Turkeys pissing off some cows. Not just any cows, but Mama cows who were just trying to feed their babes.

the first time I met a turkey

The turkeys were getting way too close (like dude, she will stomp on you!) and could care less. They wanted whatever was growing near this space.

I told Martin I had never really seen a turkey before and he laughed,

“They are funny things” and he walked over to them. I followed.

They came right up to me and allowed me to pet them and they purred! They were quite funny little things.  A very cute personality and hunger for all things plants, bugs, and berries.

We hung out with some the other day and this fella kept trying to steal the dandelions from between my toes.

feeding turkeys

I dig Turkeys. They don’t belong on our plates. They belong in the fields purring, pissing other creatures off, and living their best “quite funny” lives. Just like us.

P.s. Please be aware that male Turkeys like to impress their women by taking on other animals.

Like….”Look at me Sharon, I’m a sexy beast of a Turkey!”.

They have been known to chase after humans to show off. If you find yourself in this situation, the best advice I can give is to be as large and imposing as possible (but do no harm of course). This will usually make them move along. Just act like a bear. This rarely happens, but the last thing I need is a Wonder Mama being chased down by a big turkey.

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Our family just got home from a wonderful camping trip and I was able to film lots and lots for you all!

All of our prior arrangements were thrown out the window when the rain rolled in and stayed North (exactly where we were headed!) so we had to adapt and head South instead. We ended up staying at Lago di Garda and had such a magical time with the rock covered lake.

Come join us on our camping adventure with children; from washing cloth diapers to sleeping in our van!

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Nourishing Pear Smoothie + Hiking with Children Tips!

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir


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Hiking with Children

I received many questions about hiking with children and I wanted to share our journey with the community today (plus a must-try Nourishing Pear Smoothie). I really love the idea of sharing our adventures with you all because I can look back years from now and relive little bits of time with my family! Read more

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