Clay or play dough is one of the best toys a child can have. They love the texture and the feel of it and it can occupy them for hours at end. Not just is it great for imaginative play and fine motor skills but it is also extremely therapeutic. I generally have a box of clay in my bag when I take my children out.
Buying clay in large quantities can be quite expensive. And kids love when they have lots of clay to play with!
Here’s an easy recipe you can use to make loads of clay!
- Maida (Refined wheat flour): 1 cup
- Salt: 1/3 cup
- Cream of tartar: 2 tsp (If you don’t have this, you can substitute it with about 5 tsps of baking powder)
- Water: 1 cup
- Food colouring: 6 – 8 drops
- Oil: 1 tbsp (optional) (You can use johnson’s baby oil or almond oil or any cooking oil)
- Mix the maida, salt and cream of tartar.
- Add water to it and put it on the stove on medium heat
- Keep stirring till it starts to come together and becomes quite dry
- Take it off the heat and form it into a lump of dough
- If its too dry you can add the oil. Ifs its sticky, you can add more maida
- Add one colour to the whole dough or separate it into a few balls and add different colours to each ball.
- Knead till smooth and then let the kids enjoy!
This clay needs to be stored in an airtight box or ziplock bag. It lasts for about 2 -3 months.