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HOMEMADE CLAY [From: Artmaking]
Written by: Jantje Blokhuis-Mulder [Jantje is one of the creators of KinderArt®]

Age:

2-5 years

Activity Summary:

This activity includes a recipe for making your own homemade clay.

What You Need:

•Homemade Clay (see recipe at the bottom of the lesson)
•A covered work area
•Craft sticks
•Platic spoons
•Cookie cutters
•Plastic PVC pipe or wooden rolling pins

What You Do:

  • First, let the children help to make the homemade clay (it is VERY easy to do).
  • Next, work with the homemade clay.
  • Let the children show you how they like to work with the clay.
  • Tell your kinder artists that they can make whatever they want.
  • They can use platic spoons, popsicle sticks or cookie cutters to make shapes and creatures.
  • Hand out a few rolling pins or pieces of PVC pipe for the children to roll the clay with.
  • You can get small pieces of PVC pipe from the plumbing store - off-cuts are usually free for the asking.
HOMEMADE CLAY RECIPE

What you Need:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring
What you Do:
  • Mix the flour and the salt in a bowl.
  • Add water, oil and food coloring.
  • Try to make red, yellow and blue clay so the children can mix the colors by mixing the clay.
  • If it is too sticky, add more flour. If it is too dry, add more water.
  • Store in a plastic container or bag in a cool place (fridge is good).
  • This fun dough will last quite a while and is a joy for kids to play with and explore.
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