Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Play Clay Dinos

I had all the intentions of posting this before the Christmas frenzy hit, but we went right into hunting and gathering mode (i.e. hunting for the gifts and gathering up the clean laundry). Still, I believe that this project is fun and easy to do for a winter's day activity.

I decided to do some play clay shapes for a playdate, but instead of just regular play clay, I wanted to find the right recipe to bake the shapes so they could be painted and hung up as decorative ornaments. I think that this recipe (I altered it slightly) will do the trick.

Play Clay (or Baker's Clay) Recipe
4 c flour
1 c salt
1 1/2 - 1 3/4 c water

Mix all the ingredients and knead until dough is smooth and ingredients are fully incorporated.
Roll out the dough to about 1/4" thickness and use any shape cookie cutter. I used a regular straw to poke holes in each shape for a ribbon to go through later.

Bake the cut out dough at 275° for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours until the shapes are completely dried and hard. Once the shapes are cool, get out your glitter and paint and go to town!

As always, remember to


Zachary Pruett said...

Excellent idea, Miss Jenny. Very creative to use the glitter and I love the dinosaurs.

Have good day,
Zachary Pruett

Watoosa said...

I love the sparkly dinos! Maybe we'll make those next year.
Hey, would these work to cut into circles or squares and then make imprints of my boy's hands and feet for the grandparents? Also, what kind of paint do you recommend?