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Make Your Own Modelling Clay

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published December 2nd 2012
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Kids are exceptional artists. I know this for a fact. I've seen works of modern art in galleries that have sold for thousands of pounds and look just like the squiggly paintings nursery children do at school.

If you have the next Picasso or Michelangelo under your roof, then you are probably well aware of how creative they can be. But why not let them take that creativity one step further by helping them create their own art materials? Modelling clay for instance.

[ADVERT]It is quick, easy to make, and completely safe. Some kids have a habit of putting things in their mouths but with this homemade modelling clay, which is made from organic materials, at least you know it won't do them any harm. You never know, the bad taste might put them off doing it again. Right. If wishes were horses...

To make your own modelling clay you'll need:

400g bicarbonate of soda
100g cornflour
250ml water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
food colouring

Mix all the ingredients together, then simmer in a saucepan until it forms into a thick paste ball. Cover the clay under a damp towel while it cools, and then add food colouring to make it bright and cheerful.

Now the kids can play to their heart's content. Once they've finished, you can wrap the clay in cling film or an air tight container to stop it drying out so that it can be used again.
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Why? Fun for Children
When: Any time
Where: The Kitchen
Cost: Cheap
Your Comment
We'll definitely try this one out these school holidays - thanks Bryony.
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 3492 days ago
Sounds like a great idea, my girls would love this (and the baby would love to eat it)... what happens if you add the food colour while it is cooking?
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1828) 3486 days ago
Nice one. Happy memories of lots of salty play dough fingers as kids. J.
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1741) 3493 days ago
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