6 Oct 2022 | 4 min Read
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You may have heard about the many benefits of consuming beetroot. From using it as a sweetener or food colouring to using it as a supplement to help detox and boost energy, beetroot is popular because it’s nutrient-rich. That’s also the reason why beetroot has been used as a natural lip colour for some kids’ lip balms like the BabyChakra Nourishing Lip Balm.
What if we told you that you can also add this wonder veggie as an ingredient for some fun activities for you and your kids to enjoy together? Take a look at some of the different ways you can add beetroot to toddler activities.
Beetroot can temporarily stain the skin and that’s an advantage when it comes to making a kid-friendly tattoo. All you need is a fresh beetroot and some cookie cutters. Cut the beetroot into two halves and use a cookie cutter to press and cut out the desired shape from one of the halves. Press the cut shape on your child’s hand to leave an imprint. The imprint will get darker as it dries.
Use beetroot juice to make a tie-and-dye t-shirt. Was around 3-4 beetroots, chop them into small pieces and boil them in water till you can easily pierce the pieces with a fork. Let it cool, then pour the boiled water with beetroot pieces into a blender and blend to a smooth paste. Use a piece of muslin cloth or a fine mesh to strain the juice. Let your child use the juice as a natural dye to make a tie-and-dye t-shirt. You can even make a napkin or tie-and-dye hankies, table mats, cushion covers etc.
Take some sand in a bowl and add water to it till the sand is wet. Let your child add some beetroot powder to the wet sand and mix it well. The more powder added, the darker the sand will be. Spread the coloured sand on a tray and leave it under the sun to dry. Once the sand is dry, it can be stored in a bottle.
This is easy peasy beetroot stamp is sure to keep your toddler busy for hours. All you need to do is wash the beetroot, wipe it dry with a towel and cut the top. Let your child use this top as a stamp to directly stamp on anything they like; towels, paper, cloth tote bags, t-shirts, etc.
Boil shredded beetroot in 2 cups of water to make a bright pink coloured water, sieve it once it boils and leave the coloured water to cool. Take a cup of flour, about two teaspoons of cream of tartar, half a cup of salt and a tablespoon of coconut oil and add the coloured water. To make it more interesting, you can even add a few drops of pure essential oil. Mix all and make a dough. What you get is a squishy, soft and chemical-free playdough for your toddler to enjoy. It can even be stored in a zip lock pouch for months.
You can even make beetroot powder at home to add to some of these activities. Peel and cut the beetroot into thin slices and let it dry naturally in the sun or dehydrate it in an over. Once the slices are dehydrated and dry, grind them to make powder. Store the beetroot powder in an airtight container and in a cool dry place. You can use the powder just like food colour to add to any of these beetroot activities for kids instead of the beetroot water.