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Baking Soda Clay

Baking Soda Clay

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This craft is so magical to me. You start with a few kitchen ingredients and after a few moments you end up with a crafting material that looks like porcelain. I love how this clay dries pure white. It looks so clean and crisp and lends itself perfectly to the snowy Christmas crafts. Don't get me wrong I am also a huge fan of regular salt dough but nothing looks quite as polished as a hanging pure white snowflake.

The kids really enjoy working with this clay. It feels very different from the regular building doughs that we play with and brings a new sensory element for them. It is much drier and smoother and quite often I would catch one of the just stroking the freshly rolled out dough just for the pure enjoyment of it! Hubby also got involved once he felt the texture of it (see the snowman).

So, how do we make this wonderous dough I hear you ask? Well, it is so simple and magically transforms from something quite ordinary to something so satisfyingly beautiful. On to the recipe…

Recipe (Makes approximately 12 cookie sized ornaments dependant on cutter size.)

  • 1/2 cup cornflour

  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 3/4 cup water

Method:

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a pan and gently heat until your mixture forms a mashed potato consistency.

  2. Remove from the heat and cover with a damp tea towel until cooled.

  3. Knead the dough into a ball and get started.

  4. Once you've created your masterpieces simply leave to air dry overnight.

There is no end to the things you can make with your dough. Food for their toy kitchen to paint later, mini snowman to pop on the fireplace or simple tree decorations to enjoy throughout the festive period. Enjoy!!

As with all of the crafts we share with you, we ask you to make sure that they are age appropriate for your little ones. Never leave them alone with items they can choke on or use sharp or unsafe objects during play. Stay safe little Journey Jellies.

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