• How can I make homemade clay?

    Sculpting is very useful for children, as it allows you to develop fine motor skills and the most positive effect on the development of the child. Many kids like to make crafts from plasticine, but the shopping option is not the best. The child can get dirty and even poisoned. So be sure to find out how you can make homemade clay!

    Pleasant hobby

    Materials

    What makes homemade clay? We list the main ingredients that are used most often:

    1. Flour plays the role of the foundation, without it you can’t do without it. You can use regular wheat flour, corn, oatmeal or any other. But it is desirable that she was light, it will give her absolutely any shade.
    2. Water. One cannot do without it, it is she who, in tandem with flour, gives plasticine the necessary flexibility and consistency.
    3. Salt. As you know, it absorbs moisture and does not allow it to evaporate. If this component is neglected, then the clay will simply dry out and will not be able to be stored and used for a long time.
    4. Lemon juice plays the role of a certain preservative and allows you to store plasticine for quite some time.
    5. Vegetable oil. It is necessary, firstly, for better adhesion of all other ingredients, secondly, to make the mass plasticity. Thirdly, the oil reduces the stickiness of clay and allows you to work with it, without fear that the composition will stick to your hands.
    6. Some recipes also contain ingredients such as tartar or alum. Many of these names may seem strange, but in fact today it is all available. Tartar can be found in a specialized store for confectioners, but it is needed to preserve the shape and consistency. Alum can be purchased at the pharmacy, they perform about the same function.
    7. Dyes. Of course, it is much more interesting to sculpt from colored plasticine than from monophonic. It is best to use food natural dyes, they are safe and harmless.

    The benefits of homemade clay

    Here he is

    Let's list the advantages of plasticine, made at home:

    • It is safe and harmless. Even if the child wants to taste the mass, nothing terrible will happen, since all the components are natural.
    • It is convenient and practical.It is a pleasure to sculpt from homemade plasticine, because it is friable, plastic, pleasant to the touch and soft. And he does not get his hands dirty, which is also important.
    • It is not expensive. All the ingredients you will surely find at home or in the nearest store, but they are inexpensive.
    • It's fast! It won't take you long to make homemade plasticine.

    How to do?

    So, how to make a home plasticine with your own hands? We offer you a few recipes.

    Recipe number 1

    For production you will need:

    • 1 glass of water;
    • 1 cup flour;
    • ½ cup finely ground salt;
    • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice;
    • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil;
    • natural food colors in different colors.

    Preparation method:

    1. Pour lemon juice into a glass and then water.
    2. Mix the flour with salt and place in a preheated pan with a thick bottom or in a frying pan.
    3. Now add vegetable oil and water with lemon juice, mix everything. If you want to get plasticine of the same color, then you can add a dye at this stage. If you need a lot of different colors, then paint it later, when it cools a little.
    4. Keep the mixture on the fire for about 4-6 minutes.In the end, it should harden.
    5. Cool the composition and mash it, and then proceed to modeling.

    Such clay, in principle, is quite edible, but its taste is not the most pleasant because of the large amount of salt. So if your child decides to test the mass "per tooth", then most likely he will not be delighted. But in any case, the kid will not be able to poison himself.

    Recipe number 2

    Experiment with flowers

    You will need:

    • 2 cups of water;
    • ½ cup salt;
    • 2 cups of flour;
    • 2 tablespoons of alum;
    • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil;
    • dyes.

    How to do?

    1. Water pour into a saucepan and heat, then dissolve salt in it.
    2. Now add to the saline solution of alum, vegetable oil and flour. Actively and thoroughly knead the mass with your hands, like dough.
    3. Now you can divide the finished composition into several parts and paint them. Just drop a few drops of dye onto each part and knead the mass again until the whole piece is colored evenly and completely.

    This is a natural clay, but still it is better for kids not to give it, since alum is inedible. In the process of modeling, you should observe your child.

    Recipe number 3

    List of components:

    • 2 cups of flour;
    • 2 cups of water;
    • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil;
    • 3 tablespoons of tartar;
    • 2/3 cup of salt;
    • 10 drops of glycerin (it is needed to add shine, but this component is optional);
    • dye.

    How to do? It's simple:

    1. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, namely salt, tartar and flour.
    2. Boil water.
    3. Pour boiling water into a bowl with dry ingredients. Do this slowly and carefully, constantly and actively stirring the composition with a spoon. You should have a rather thick and sticky mass.
    4. Add glycerin (this item is optional, but desirable).
    5. Now cool the composition.
    6. Remove the mass from the bowl and knead it with your hands until the stickiness disappears.

    Recipe number 4

    He will be natural

    Such clay can be prepared quickly and easily in the microwave. Ingredients:

    • 2 cups of water;
    • 2 cups of flour;
    • 1 cup salt;
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil;
    • 1 tablespoon of tartar.

    Cooking:

    1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a microwave oven.
    2. Place the bowl in a microwave, tightly closed with a lid, for about five minutes (the exact time will depend on the power of the device).
    3. When the mass cools down, knead it, forming a ball. Dyes can be added at this stage, or at the very beginning, in the process of mixing the components.

    Recipe number 5

    This clay does not contain flour. List of ingredients:

    • 1.5 glasses of water;
    • 1 cup of starch;
    • 2 cups of baking soda.

    Cooking method:

    1. Put all ingredients in a saucepan and mix.
    2. Put the pot on the fire, bring the mass to a boil and cook until a thick composition is formed.
    3. Cool the resulting clay and knead it thoroughly.

    Recipe number 6

    This is the easiest recipe. But remember that this plasticine is better to use immediately, because it will not be stored for a long time. List of components:

    • ½ cup water;
    • 1 cup flour;
    • ¼ cup salt;
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

    How to make this clay? Everything is very simple:

    1. Bring water to a boil.
    2. Put salt and flour in boiling water, then add butter.
    3. When a tight ball forms in the saucepan, turn off the heat and stir the mixture onto a floured table.
    4. When the clay is cool, knead it until stickiness disappears.

    Advice

    Some useful tips:

    • Store the finished material in plastic containers (tightly closed), in plastic bags or in food film.
    • Before modeling, clay can be cooled or slightly heated to make it more interesting for your kid to do it. This will allow you to develop tactile sensations.

    Make homemade clay and enjoy the whole family doing modeling!

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