Dandelion Fairy Play Dough

Dandelions are one of my wild folks favourite plants. Each stage of the Dandelion flowers life has something magical about it. From the beautiful yellow flowers where the Dandelion Fairy and bees dance from flower to flower, all the way to the end when it’s time to make a wish and blow all the seeds to their new homes. If your wild folk are like mine and constantly picking the dandelion flowers as you walk by, passing them as little gifts then this little Dandelion Fairy naturally dyed play dough is the perfect gift to create to give back to them.

The Dandelion Fairy
Here’s the Dandelion’s rhyme:
See my leaves with tooth-like edges;
Blow my clocks to tell the time;
See me flaunting by the hedges,
In the meadow, in the lane,
Gay and naughty in the garden;
Pull me up—I grow again,
Asking neither leave nor pardon.
Sillies, what are you about
With your spades and hoes of iron?
You can never drive me out—
Me, the dauntless Dandelion!

2 cups of plain flour
¾ salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ fresh Dandelion petals
1 cup of hot water


1. Mix flour, cream of tartar, turmeric and a tablespoon of dandelion petals in a large bowl.

2. Bring salt, hot water and the remaining Dandelion petals to boil, take off heat and stir until salt has dissolved. The water should now have a light yellow hue as the botanical dyes of the petals release.

3. Pour in your coloured salt water into bowl with all dry ingredients and mix. You will need to used your hands to knead in the mixture and to create the play dough texture.

4. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before playing.
5. Once your wild folk have finished playing with their Dandelion Flower Fairy play dough, pop it into an airtight container to play with another day.

I recommend doing this and our other Flower Fairy activities as part of a poetry tea time. Sit down with some warm tea, some cookies and recite the wonderful words of The Dandelion Fairy written by Cicely Mary Barker while watching your wild folk create freely with The Dandelion Fairy naturally dyed play dough.
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© The Estate of Cicely Mary Barker 1923
Reproduced by kind permission of Frederick Warne & Co.