Blackberry Playdough – Autumn Blog Hop

Making Blackberry Playdough and Autumn Blog Hop

Blackberry Playdough

It’s Autumn time and we’re doing some fun Autumn activities at the moment enjoying the last weeks of warmth before Autumn closes in completly and one of the things we have done is collecting Blackberries from the bushes in the local park and woods. Our first foraging activity was a little bit of a disaster in the fact that we collected very few blackberries not enough to make anything with so instead I took it as an opportunity to make some blackberry playdough with J and T.

picking blackberriesWhen we got home I set up a messy mat on the floor in case my idea of squashing the blackberries to get out the juice wasn’t as Mess Free as I envisaged. Then I placed the blackberries in a ziplock bag and gave J my rolling pin and he rolled the bag squishing and squashing all of the blackberries and getting the juice from the berries.

mess free blackberry squashingT tried to help with the squashing but J was in charge and she was allowed to have a go at the end. Once the blackberries were thoroughly squashed I added a little water to the bag and J and T shook it like mad mixing up the blackberries and water to get as much juice out as possibly.

Straining BlackerriesUsing a muslin cloth we poured the juice into it and into a bowl and then had a lot of fun squeezing the cloth to get as much of the juice out as possible.

extracted blackberry juiceI always use the same playdough recipe from The Imagination Tree which uses boiling water – so instead of boiling water I put the blackberry juice in the microwave until it was boiling and used that instead. J helped me measure out the other ingredients and then we needed the dough to get it just perfect to play with together.

homemade blackberry playdoughWe then played with the playdough using cookies cutters making blackberry pretend cookies.

Now for the blog hop. The following blogs are joining together to cohost an Autumn Blog Hop inviting you to link up your Autumn Posts, pop along to the other blogs and see what fun they have been having this season.

Blogging With Kidshands on : as we growRainy Day MumLove, Play, LearnAngeliqueFelix.com3 DinosaursSugar Snips – Kitchen Counter ChroniclesInspiration LaboratoriesPlayful LearnersConfessions of a Montessori MomTwo Big Two LittleGo Kid YourselfRed Ted Art and Life At The Zoo

Please come and link up below


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Cerys is the founder of Rainy Day Mum, a former Marine Biologist and Teacher she is now a stay at home mum to J and T. She can be found elbows deep in paint, glue, mud and sand at various times of the year and also behind the screen working on Rainy Day Mum and editing post for The Playroom on BonBon Break.
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  1. says

    Hi Cerys! Yum! How’d you keep them from eating it? My kids would probably have finished off all the berries while they were being picked :)

    Also, I linked up, but I made a typo in my title for the link and spell Lois Ehlert’s name wrong (gasp!) I can’t seem to edit it, can you?
    I’m totally embarassed!
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  1. […] Blackberry play dough smells devine and even though the blackberries aren’t exactly a festive berry it still makes me feel christmasy – I added a tea spoon of cinnamon in this time and every time the kids play with the dough it releases the most gorgeous smells throughout the kitchen. […]