keep on creating: how to make your own modelling clay

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modelling clay is easy to make yourself; almost everyone has the natural ingredients required for the purpose in their kitchens. In this way, a rainy day can quickly turn into a creative crafts day, and all traces of boredom will disappear when the children are permitted to assist with the preparation themselves, which makes everything that much more exciting!

Make your own modelling clay

The advantage of self-made modelling clay is that you know all the ingredients. In addition, it is simple and cheap to produce.

In the case of very small children, modelling clay often ends up in their mouths. However, the salt contained in this dough will quickly put them off eating it.

Another advantage of the self-made modelling clay is that the modelled figures and fantastical designs can be made permanent. Simply dry out the objects for several days before allowing them to harden in an oven at approximately 100°C for 1-2 hours (depending on the thickness).

basic recipe for self-made modelling clay

  • 500ml boiling water
  • 500g flour
  • 175g salt
  • 7 tablespoons of neutral oil (approx. 80g)
  • 3 tablespoons of citric acid (approx. 20g)
  • Food colourings or egg painting dyes*

* We recommend that you use disposable plastic gloves in order to avoid the food colouring staining your palms.

preparation

1. All ingredients except for the food colourings are stirred using the hand mixer. For this purpose, first roughly mix all the dry ingredients, and then add the oil. Add the boiling water step by step until it has been used up.

2. Then knead the dough manually to form a homogeneous mass, and divide it into portions.

3. The modelling clay can easily be dyed using the food colourings. For this purpose, press a recess into the respective dough portion and dribble in the dye. Here adults and children can let their imaginations run wild, and play about with the intensity of the dyes, or mix them. Once the required colour shade has been achieved, you can start modelling with the clay!

how long does self-made modelling clay keep for?

Because the modelling mass will dry out if left out in the air over time, it is best to store it in air-tight storage jars. Food storage containers such as the “fredo fresh” are available in many different sizes, meaning that the modelling dough can easily be stored separated by colour.

In addition, keeping these food storage containers in the refrigerator will also prevent the modelling clay from drying out. Should the modelling clay become too dry anyway, try adding a little water.

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