Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bakers Clay Tuesday

Just 7 kids today, it was a school holiday. We made Baker's Dough and them formed various animal and creative shapes. The kids mixed the dough themselves, a first 'cooking' experience for some of them.
Here's the recipe:

Baker’s Clay

Materials and preparation: The following recipe will make one batch of dough which is ample for four students working for about one hour.
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 ½ cups water
Mix the flour and salt. Add water. Knead the dough until smooth. It might take up to 5 minutes of kneading to get the flour, salt and water properly mixed. This dough is not elastic, like bread dough. It should be soft, but still firm, and be able to hold the shape of a good mound. It doesn’t like to be kneaded too much.

When your object is done, it should not be more than 1 to 1 ½ inches thick as it will take too long to dry or bake. Bake at 300 degrees for about an hour, depending on the thickness of the piece.

Once baked hard (they should not show the mark of your fingernail or give way when you press on them), you can paint with watercolor or acrylic. Don’t use too much water in your paint or it will soften the outer surface.

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