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Home-Made Clay Crafts for Kids

Home-Made Clay Crafts for Kids

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Published by priyaflorence
Anything that can be converted into a dough form can be used as molding clay - like soap, cornflour, various powders from the market, bread and even regular wheat flour. Here are some interesting home-made recipes for clay with you.
Anything that can be converted into a dough form can be used as molding clay - like soap, cornflour, various powders from the market, bread and even regular wheat flour. Here are some interesting home-made recipes for clay with you.

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Home-Made Clay Crafts For KidsWheat Flour Photo Frame
 By Rajashree Nedungadi
Art and craft can probably be divided into three broad categories-- painting, clay craftand paper craft. While most of us are apprehensive about painting and others are unawareof the magnitude and range of paper as a medium, all of us use clay in some or other formin our daily life.My definition of clay would be anything that is available in a powder form in the market- Plaster of Paris, ceramic powder, marble powder and any others to which adhesive can be added and of which moulding clay can be made.
How To Make Clay At Home
In the twelve years I’ve been in this profession, I have worked with various media likesoap, cornflour, various powders from the market, bread and even regular wheat flour .Anything that can be converted into a dough form can be used as moulding clay. Now let me share some interesting home-made recipes for clay with you.
Cornstarch Or Cornflour Clay
1. One cup of cornflour 2. One and half cups of cold water 3. Two cups soda bi- carbonate or salt4. Food colouringMix salt and water and heat the mix, but do not let it boil. Once it is mixed well, removefrom fire and add cornflour. Keep mixing. If it is not thick enough, reheat it slightly.
Sand Clay
1. One cup clean sand2. One cup water 3. One cup cornflour Mix all the ingredients and heat on a low flame, stirring continuously. Once a lump isformed, remove and let it cool. This mixture will have an interesting texture.
Edible Clay
1. One cup powder milk 2. Half cup peanut butter 3. Half cup honeyMix all the ingredients and let your children have fun making interesting things. They caneat their creations later, too!One of the most interesting home-made doughs consists of wheat flour and salt. We will be making a photo frame with this dough.
Wheat Flour Clay
Materials required:Mount boardWheat flour - 2 cupsOne cup saltOne cup water • Scissors• Toothpick • Glitter Empty ball penCookie cuttersRolling pin• FevicolPoster or food colours• Photograph1. Mix two cups of wheat flour, one cup salt and one cup water and knead the mixturewell. Use half the quantity for fewer items to be made. This dough will last for three tofour days without refrigeration. Wrap the dough in cling-wrap or a plastic sheet, or keepit in a plastic container.2. Cut the mount board to 6 inches by 8 inches to form the outer part of the photo frame.A photograph of 4' x 6' can be stuck in the centre, leaving a one-inch border for stickingthe clay craft (fish, starfish, shells and plants) to decorate the photo frame.3. Plan the sea scene by making a rough sketch on the photo frame. Decide on thenumber and size of the fish, plants and shells, and the area where the sand has to be stuck.4. Apply Fevicol over the entire one-inch border on all four sides of the frame. Spread thesand evenly over this.5. After an hour, tap the photo frame on a piece of paper to loosen the excess sand.
 6. Take a small quantity of the dough and roll it into a teardrop shape. Make at least fiveto six of these in different sizes. Flatten these from top to bottom and twist them a little.Your underwater plants are ready.6. Take some more dough and make a bigger teardrop shape for the fish. Flatten this and,with a toothpick, make its eyes on the pointed side. With the scissor, make a small cut onthe pointed part of the dough for the mouth.7. Make three triangles with the dough, stick two on the sides of the fish and one on its back to form the fin and the tail.8. Use the scissor, toothpick or empty ball pen to make scale patterns on the body of thefish.9. Take some more dough and make a star shape out of it. Make some lines and dots onthe body to form a starfish.10. Make a small, thick teardrop, flatten it and give a rounded edge to the pointed side.Make lines from the pointed side towards different points on the broad side to form aseashell.11. Roll some dough flat and use small cookie cutters to cut interesting shapes for theunderwater flowers.12. Bake these items in the oven at 120 degrees for five minutes, or in the microwave atmaximum heat for one to two minutes. Alternately, air-dry them four to five days.13. The fish, shell and other items can now be coloured. Use poster colours to colour the plants green, the fish in various shades, the starfish in light pink and the shells andflowers in interesting hues. Once the colours are dry, apply some glitter to enhance theeffect.14. Stick the plants, shells, fish and starfish on the photo frame using Fevicol, then mountthe photograph in the centre.15. Cut the mount board into a trapezium measuring 8-10 cm in length. The width of theupper part should be 4 cm and the lower part 6 cm. Fold about one centimetre from thetop and stick it to the back of the photo frame to form photo frame’s stand.The same process can be used to make name plates, fruit baskets on a mount board andsmaller items to stick on magnets or attach to key chains – even beads. The latter can bemade by rolling small pellets and sticking a knitting needle through them to form a hole.

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