DIY Kids – Homemade Modeling Clay

| October 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

It may be all of the nesting I’m doing right now. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that we are making heavy use of the Oak Meadow kindergarten curriculum for school this year (very Waldorf-centered). But, we are seriously into making our own art supplies when possible these days.

We are getting more and more into clay and creating all kinds of things through modeling these days and the price of modeling clay from the art store is enough to make you gasp uncontrollably. Plus it’s way more fun to make the clay.

We’ve actually found that this is a great way to decompress in the afternoons when a day has gone bonkers. I’ve always heard that baking is very soothing – apparently that applies to flour-based clay making too.

It’s an easy project – one that kids of any age can tackle.

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Here’s what you need:

  • 4 C Flour
  • 1 1/2 C Salt
  • 2 C Water

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How to do it:

I love this project because it pretty much lets the kids take charge and do it themselves.

1. Measure the dry ingredients into a bowl

2. Add water bit by bit constantly kneading the mixture. You don’t want the clay gooey, just soft.

3. Dye it with food coloring, natural dyes or, like we did – KoolAid (smells crazy good and it’s fun)

4. Store it in air-tight containers in the refrigerator. It should keep for a couple of weeks.

Have fun with your new clay!

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Robin Rivers is the Project Development Director for Vancouver-based Mherge Media Group. Often can be found leaping tall buildings with the help of great friends. Predisposed to odd hats and the color orange. In love with imagination, her kids and that crazy guy who married her.

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