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Les teintures de la nature !


Château des Rubins - Observatoire des Alpes
105 montée des Rubins
74700 Sallanches

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In addition to the visit to the exhibitions of the castle, the group of children carries out with a mediator a workshop around natural dyes.

Nature brings us a multitude of colors. But what are the tinctorial plants and other plants for making a dye? During this workshop, children become budding chemists and experiment with the process of fabric dyeing.

The workshop takes place in 3 stages:
- The group discovers which plant materials can be used to dye fabrics. The older ones also wonder about the perception of colors, as well as the biological and cultural parameters that allow us to distinguish them.
- Thanks to dyeing experiments on different fabrics, the children try to answer the following questions: is the color of the plant the same as that extracted for the dye? Can we have several shades of dye with the same plant? How long does it take to color a fabric?
- At the end of the workshop, the children leave with their samples of dyed fabrics.

The educational objectives:
- Discover and understand how with plants we can obtain dye
- Experiment with chemical modifications Test the dye on different fabrics
For cycles 3 and 4:
- Learn the difference between a dye and a pigment
- Understand how colors react with chemical changes


Duration of the session : 90 min


  • School groups welcome
  • Cycle 2: elementary school (CP, CE1, CE2)
  • Cycle 4: college (5th, 4th, 3rd)
  • High school
  • Reception of summer camps
  • Children from 6 to 12 years old
  • Young people from 13 to 17 years old
  • Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2)
  • Cycle 3: college (6th)
  • From 6 years
  • Group accepted from 10 to 15 people


  • Supervised practice

Cultural activities

  • Flora and fauna
  • Arts


Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2024
Mondays Open
Tuesday Open
Wednesdays Open
Thursdays Open
Friday Open
Saturday Open
Sunday Open


Payment method

  • Bank / credit card
  • Cheque
  • Cash
  • Bank transfer

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