In order to keep your kids occupied when you have to take care of things around the house, play dough is a great toy that can help them improve their creativeness and many other aspects of child development as well.
Maybe most obviously, it helps your toddlers strengthen their hand muscles by squishing, rolling, and shaping the dough. These things will set them up well to hold a pencil eventually and write, cut with scissors, or make types of arts and crafts. This also helps develop their hand-eye coordination.
Moreover, play dough also encourages kids to explore their imagination by creating different shapes, such as animals, foods, or other objects that they think of. In addition, it can promote healthy emotional development since squeezing and flattening the dough is a safe outlet for angry or agitated energy. Playing with dough can be a really calming activity for small children.
Recommended age for children to play with dough
Play dough still poses a few risks, like any other type of toy. As a result, it is recommended you wait until your children turn to two before introducing play dough to them.
Play dough that is sold at the store usually comes with an age recommendation of at least two years. Homemade play dough is also soft and malleable, and it’s not difficult to make. Harder modeling clay are usually recommended for children at five years old or older since they pose a greater choking hazard.
Safety when playing with dough
As mentioned before, the age recommendation for play dough is usually two years old, but this doesn’t mean your children can play dough on their own. A child at this age still needs to be constantly supervised when playing with dough, since any toy has the potential to cause choking or induce poisoning so every toddler toy is safer under a parent’s watchful eye.
8. Clay Snail
It is fun for kids to make colorful animal shapes from clay. Besides a snail, you can also help your kids make other animal shapes such as a turtle, a turkey, a butterfly, a mouse, or an elephant.
How to make
To make a clay snail, use a conch-shaped or sea-shell pasta and let your kids paint it as colorfully as they want to. To make the body of the snail, roll out snake-shaped clay and attach the sea-shell or pasta-shape to the middle of the body. To make the face of the snail, you can add craft eyes and antennae.
9. Leaf Impressions
You can use clay that hardens after air-drying or can be hardened by baking. These can be found easily in any art and craft store.
How to make
First, ask your kids to collect big leaves of different shapes from the garden and then clean the leaves. Secondly, ask your kids to use a rolling pin to flatten 2-3 rolls of clay. Then let them make imprints of each leaf on different pieces of clay. Cut off the extra clay from the leaf shape and let the clay air dry. When the leaf shapes are dry, ask your kids to paint the clay with acrylic paint and finally, let the paint dry.
10. Fridge Magnets
Use a self-stick magnet and air-drying clay to make colorful fridge magnets.
How to make
Ask your kids to mix different-colored blobs of clay. Use a rolling pin to flatten it and cut out different shapes like a heart, a fish, a star or a crescent by using cookie cutters. Let it air-dry and harden. Stick a magnet to the back of the shape and decorate your refrigerator by using the fridge magnet.
Clay craft is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Try these clay craft ideas with your kids to help them explore their creative side.
5. Mosaic Art
This is an innovative art project for kids at kindergarten age or older. The dried play dough will teach your kids about recycling or reutilizing waste materials to create something lovely or beautiful.
How to make
Collect different colored, old, dried dough. Use an A4 white paper of cardboard and ask your kids to draw a garden scene with trees, flowers, grass, and the Sun as well. Then use a brush to paint glue inside the outlines. To create a colorful mosaic, ask your kids to glue the bits of the dried dough into these outlines in order. Frame it and finally, display it on a wall.
6. Fruit Basket
This is an imaginative clay activity for 5-year-old kids and older. With some help from adults, they can make up a basket of tiny clay fruits that is very colorful and realistic.
How to make
Ask your kids to make a little basket out of play dough colored brown. Then use yellow, red, purple, and green play dough to help your kids make tiny fruits such as an apple, a banana, a melon, a pineapple, and a bunch of grapes. Finally, use a stick to create markings on the pineapple in order to make it look more realistic.
7. Celestial Puppets
This is a fun activity for kids. Use ice-cream sticks to make clay puppets of a star, the Sun, or a rainbow.
How to make
You will need some play dough of different colors, a few ice-cream sticks or craft sticks, and craft eyes. To make the Sun, roll on a large yellow ball of clay and press a craft stick into it. To make the rays of the Sun, flatten other yellow clay and cut long triangles. To make it look like the sun, attach these to the yellow ball.
Clay Jam is an action game where players must try to aid residents of a Claymation world. There is some violence, but it is cartoonish and minimal. It has in-app purchases, but they are not aggressively pushed on players and players don’t need them to enjoy the game.
What is it about?
In Clay Jam Game,players attempt to roll a ball at the bully beasts, but not in a malicious manner, to knock them as far as possible at the end of each level. Players have to save a world by rolling a ball down a clay mountain and squashing small creatures to grow in size. Players control the direction of the ball by carving a route in the clay with their fingers, which the ball follows. Bully beasts can only be defeated ultimately by finishing a number of tasks, like rolling down the hill without touching anything or squashing six of a creature in a row. After finishing a level, players collect clay and can use it to create other creatures that they can squash on the hill as well as unlock other hills.
Is it good?
Clay Jam is fun, quirky, and adorable. Its Claymation effects are outstanding and its gameplay is simple but addictive. The movement is great and the sounds are squishy and often goofy fun.
The game seems simplistic but there is a complexity behind its basic controls that may bring you back time and again. And children will love playing game in a real-life cartoon setting. It is an app that will thrill and amuse both you and your children. And that is all you can ask for from a game app.
Pricing structure: Free
Devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android
Category: Action Games
Size: 48.40 MB
Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3; Android vary with device.
There are several recipes to make homemade clay for modeling and arts and crafts projects. Three recipes below will help you make one clay that hardens when you bake it, one clay that you can coat for a glossy finish, and one that molds and stays pliable like store-bought modeling clay.
Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe 1
This recipe produces a modeling clay similar to the other two recipes, but it uses cornstarch and baking soda rather than flour and salt:
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- Food coloring (if you want)
- Mix the ingredients together over low heat till a dough is formed.
- Cover the clay with a damp cloth and allow it to cool before using.
- Seal completed clay products with shellac.
Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe 2
This basic clay is essentially bare-bones cooking dough that is easy to make with ingredients in your kitchen. It is sufficient for basic modeling projects, but you may want to throw it out before it starts growing bacteria. All ingredients you need to make it is:
- Mix the clay ingredients together.
- Store the modeling clay in the refrigerator in a bowl covered with plastic wrap or in a sealed plastic baggie.
Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe 3
This homemade clay uses cream and oil of tartar for thickening, producing a clay that is firmer than the one above. It is perfect for simple modeling projects and only requires a few ingredients:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- Food coloring (optional)
- Stir together the dry ingredients. Mix in the oil, the water, and food coloring.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly so that the clay thickens and pulls away from the sides of the pot.
- Cool the clay before use. Store it in a sealed container or plastic bag.
MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE DIY CLAY SPORTS MEDALS
* Bostik White Glu
* A straw
* Multi-coloured Permanent Markers
* Washi Tape (optional)
* Numbered stickers
STEPS TO MAKE DIY CLAY SPORTS MEDALS
Step 1. Pour 1 cup of Cornflour and 1/2 cup of Bostik White Glu into a bowl and mix together. Knead the clay for some time until you get a dough similar to ready to roll icing.
Step 2. Sprinkle extra cornflour onto a firm surface and roll the clay out flat. Use a plastic lid to create circles out of the clay. A bottle lid works best. TIP: use a knife to scrape off any excess clay from the bottle lid in between each use. This will mean you get a neat circle. Place the clay circles on a baking tray lined with baking paper. We made several clay circles at the same time for different activities.
Step 3. Use a straw to make a hole near the top of each clay circle and then leave them to dry out overnight.
Step 4. Let your child choose to use washi tape, permanent marker pens, or numbered stickers to decorate their clay sports medal.
Step 5. Thread ribbon or string through your sports medal so that it can be worn. We opted to use curling ribbon
We had a couple of helpers while making our DIY Clay Sports Medals. My sons and daughter had a go at decorating their own medals. My son chose to make repeating patterns while my daughter wanted to see how many colors she could get onto one medal.
The permanent marker pens were easy to use on the clay and the washi tape stuck securely to each circle. If you wanted to preserve your clay medals you could give them a coat of Mod Podge Glue.
There are some homemade clay recipes that can be easily done. Use them to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays are best baked in an oven, while others should be dried overnight.
1. Modeling Clay
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 2 cups salt
- 2/3 cups water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Pour salt into water and stir in a saucepan over
heat in 4-5 minutes.
- Remove the mixture from heat; add cold water and
- Stir until smooth, then return to heat and cook
- Allow the clay to cool, shape as desired.
- When the clay gets dry, decorate with markers,
glitter, paint, and so on.
- If you want, finish with clear nail polish or clear
- Store unused clay in a bag.
2. Baker’s Clay
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon alum
- Food coloring (optional)
- Large bowl
- Drinking straw, cookie cutters, and fine wire
- Fine sandpaper
- Baking sheet
- Acrylic paint, plastic-based poster paint, or
- Nail polish, acrylic spray, or clear shellac
- Mix flour, alum, salt, and water in a bowl. If the mixture is too dry, add another tablespoon of water.
- Color by dividing it into some parts and kneading some drops of food coloring into each part.
- Roll/mold into ornaments.
- To roll: Roll dough about 1/8 inches thick on a floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Dip the end of a drinking straw in flour to make a hole for hanging and use the straw to cut a tiny circle 1/4 inches from the ornament’s edge. Use the straw to cut more clay dots for use as decorations if you want.
- To mold: Shape dough into figures like animals, flowers, fruits, and so on. The figures should be no more than 1/2 inches thick.
- Insert the fine wire in ornaments to hang.
- Bake ornaments on a baking sheet at 250ºF for about 30 minutes.
- Turn and bake another 90 minutes till hard and dry.
- Remove from oven, cool and then smooth with fine sandpaper.
- Decorate both sides of ornaments with acrylic paint, markers, or plastic-based poster paint.
- Let dry and seal with nail polish, acrylic spray, or clear shellac. Make about five dozen 21/2-inches ornaments.
It’s easy to make clay by yourself at home with just flour, water, salt, and vegetable oil. You can shape the clay into any form, bake and then paint it as you want. If you don’t have an oven or you don’t want to use your kitchen, the clay can be naturally dried from 48 to 72 hours.
Homemade clay is also a great way to get your kids into crafting without having to worry about little ones tasting their art. Here are some homemade clay idea suggestions for you and your kids.
Clay rainbow: Split the clay into seven equal portions and then use food coloring to change the clay to the seven colors of the rainbow. Roll the clay into long, thin strands. Form each clay portion into an arch shape. Join the strands together to create a rainbow. Dry or bake the clay and varnish it.
tree ornaments: Cut out shapes like trees, hearts, stars,
or snowmen by using cookie cutters. Use a pencil tip or craft stick to draw
designs into the clay, and then punch a hole through the top. Dry or bake the
clay and paint it with fun designs. Yarn to the hole or thread ribbon.
Caterpillars: Split the clay into 10 pieces, with one piece a little larger than the others. Dye each portion and create the color of your choice with food coloring. Roll each piece into a ball to create the body and the larger ball will be used to make the head. Snip a pipe cleaner into 8 shorten portions. Put one pipe cleaner into each side of the balls, except for the head, and then slightly bend them. These will serve as the legs. Push two eyes into the front of the head. Stick the balls together, and let the clay dry or bake it. Finish it by varnishing the caterpillar.
- Don’t make your clay projects too thick,
or they will crack when baked.
- Use cookie cutters to help make more
- If you want your clay to have a golden
appearance, brush your pottery with egg yolk before placing in the oven.
- After baking, decorate your projects
with acrylic paint.