I’ve had this wonderful white dough on my to-do list all year and I’m now wishing I’d tried it earlier as it’s fabulous, versatile and offers a fun alternative to the usual salt dough. It can be used to make ornaments for Christmas, decorations, handprints and clay models and we will definitely be using it a lot more in the coming months for all sorts of art and learning projects together!
I found the recipe for this baking soda [bicarbonate of soda] white clay dough via Show Tell Share.
How to make white clay:
1 cup bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 cup corn flour (corn starch)
3/4 cup of warm water
Mix the dry ingredients in the pan then stir through the warm water. Mix over a medium heat, stirring as it starts to bubble and come away from the sides of the pan. When it has started to dry and resemble a soft play dough consistency, take it off the heat and leave it to cool for a few minutes. Turn it out onto the counter and knead it for a couple of minutes to make it super soft and pliable. It should look and feel like bright white play dough!
We kneaded the warm dough and rolled it out straight onto the table, then sprinkled glitter over the top to make it sparkle! The silver glitter mixed with the pure white dough looks so simple and stunning that no other decorations are really needed. They used reindeer shaped cookie cutters to cut shapes, then stuck a straw through the top to make a hole for threading twine through later on.
We then popped them straight onto a baking sheet and dried them in the oven at 100 degrees C (or 200 F) for an hour. They also dry perfectly if jut left out in the air at room temperature for a day or so, depending on the thickness of the dough. Ours were thin and dried very fast (not really even needing the full hour in the oven.)
Once they were hard we threaded twine through the holes (great for fine motor skills, concentration and perseverance!) and hung them from a branch in a vase. When we get our Christmas tree we will hang them on it, and give away some to friends and family wrapped in tissue paper.
This clay can also be coated with varnish or mode podge, painted using acrylic or metallic paints or covered with glue and dipped in glitter. It would also take colour very well if it was mixed in during initial pan cooking stage. We are trying that next!
Here’s what they are learning while they play:
motor skills: mixing, kneading, rolling, cutting, squeezing the dough; threading the twine; hanging carefully by the loops
maths: measuring quantities
science: observing change in state of materials from dry to malleable to hard
literacy: following instructions, reading recipes
Bean: 9 mos
See our other ornaments too!
Handprint and Footprint Keepsakes
Easy Salt Dough Ornaments
Salt Dough Initials
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