As we move toward a more sustainable way of life, often times it's the little things that really make a difference. And if you think about it, conventional play dough can be pretty scary stuff. Play dough is composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and silicone oil and with colors like hot pink, aqua blue, and lime green, some seriously synthetic dyes. Not to mention all that plastic packaging and the energy it takes to manufacturer it.

And kids get really engaged in their play dough. It ends up under their finger nails and all over their skin. Pretty much every where short of in their mouths. Well, at least we hope they don't eat it. Either way, you can avoid the added chemicals by making your own with natural ingredients and making it exciting with natural dyes. Luckily Jasmin showed us how to make play dough a while back.

And more recently MiniEco did an article on adding natural dyes made of raspberries, rose petals, beetroot, blueberries, turmeric, and oak tree bark to play dough. Try the raspberries recipe where you simply put a big handful of raspberries and a cup of water in a pan. Bring to the boil then gently simmer on stove for 20 minutes (until liquid has reduced to about half). Once cooled, pour through sieve add about 1/2 cup to play dough recipe. Here are the other colors. Why not give it a try today?