Blogs for September 2013

A simple recipe for non-toxic homemade modeling clay

Modeling clay lends itself to some truly enjoyable activities you can do with your children… but it’s often expensive and always ends up dried out! So here’s a simple recipe for homemade modeling clay. Many other recipes can be found on the Web, but this one is ideal because it’s non-toxic, really inexpensive and calls for ingredients that are always within easy reach!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 1½ tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Food colouring

Method

  1. Combine salt and flour in a bowl.
  2. Add the right amount of food colouring (I used approximately 12 drops for the quantity in this recipe) to the ½ cup water.
  3. Add the water and then the oil, while mixing with a spoon.
  4. Knead with your hands until it’s evenly mixed and of the desired consistency.

*If you find that the clay is too soft or not soft enough, you can fix that by adding a little water or flour.
And there you go! To keep your clay from drying out, you can store it in a hermetically sealed bag or container.

2 little activity ideas that use modeling clay

Mixing colours

If you’d like to show your children what the various colours are made up of (e.g., purple = red + blue; brown = yellow + red + blue), double or triple the recipe, and add the water – without any food colouring – to your mixture.