Thursday, 9 May 2013

Soft play dough

Today is an off day. The kids are sick with flu, so that means we are not doing school today. In my opinion a child can't concentrate when they are not feeling well. BUT that does not mean they can't have a good time.

I made them some soft clay dough to keep them busy.

We have a large container filled with plastic shapes, I guess it is really for cookies, but they love to use it for the clay. This can keep them busy for a long time.

Soft Clay Recipe

What you need:
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 cup of water

What to do:
Mix everything together in a bowl. (I use my hands)
If it is too dry, add more water, only a little at a time.
If it is too wet, add more flour.
I try and knead it into a ball until it is manageable and take it out of the bowl.
On a floured surface I knead it until it is nice and firm.
I knead in the colouring. Your hands will get stained (nothing soap can't fix). 
Store in air tight containers, this will keep for a few months.

*If you knead in the colouring all the way through very well, it will not stain little hands :) 
*I divided this recipe in different balls to give each a different colour or you will have to make a big batch.
*I use colouring that is in gel and powdered form.

Off days give mom the change to catch up on some other duties or hobbies. 




AutumnVine said...

Dankie, dis baie goeie raad. En indien jou kleuters sukkel met kleure 'n baie goeie speelse manier om dit aan te leer. Maak dan die drie basiese kleure, rooi, blou en geel en laat die kind bietjies van elk meng om pers, oranje en groen te kry. Altyd meer van die ligter kleur (vir oranje meer geel, vir groen meer geel en pers meer rooi) as die donker een.

Raad wat ek gekry het is om olyfolie te gebruik ipv sonneblomolie. Dit is beter op die hande en op 'n houttafel :).

Vir die binneland kan mense meer olie en selfs die helfte sout gebruik vir 'n sagter klei, maar ek het agter gekom dit werk nie by die kus nie, dit muf te gou.

Geniet dit!

Ila Adkins said...

Aww. I know how you all feel. Our entire house has had the flu all weekend. Unfortunately, my 2 year old still does. Hope they get well soon!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea! I made this clay actually a couple months ago and it still keeps in the ziplock bags. Didn't mold or anything.

Maryna Moolman said...


Maryna Moolman said...

Was up and well in no time, thanks for the good wishes.

Maryna Moolman said...

For some or other reason some of the clay became very sticky after a few days, will have to look into this recipe - or I did something wrong :)

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