Non Toxic Salt Clay for Crafts!

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Non Toxic Salt Clay or Play dough for young and old!

 

Shape it, Glitter it, Paint it, that’s why we love it!

 

Non Toxic, that’s what any parent is looking for these days and that’s why this Play dough recipe is still a favorite all over, my mother used to make us this Play dough and fun creative memories still pops up when my little one reminds me that it’s time to make play dough again.

There’s so much that can be done with this dough, it can be shaped into Christmas- or Easter Egg-, any holiday- decorations or ornaments, it can be shaped in alphabet letters for little one to learn the alphabet or shapes like circles and squares in different colors to encourage them to learn the basics while having fun.

 

HOW does the clay tie in with (vegetable + kvass) fermentation?

Salt.

The salt serves as preservative and keeps the clay fresh for up to a month [or so] if not baked in shapes.

When adding salt to your vegetable ferments you are also halting certain microbes from developing prematurely especially in warmer temperatures..

 

Continuing with the Clay..

The Dough can be kept in a plastic bag, minimizing air exposure because air will dry the clay out. It will keep up to 1 month in the bag OR create your arty shapes and bake it in the oven so that it can harden for those Holiday decorations and ornaments.

One thing is sure and that is that this non toxic salty play dough can keep those little ones busy, encourage creativity and develop their fine motor skills all at the same time.

The good news is that you probably have the ingredients in your kitchen right now and the best part is that it will not even take 10 minutes whip up a beautiful batch of salt clay.

 

Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Flour – Don’t use self raising because then your artwork will become all puffy and beads will not have holes after baking
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar * can be omitted but I always use this
  • Food Coloring *optional

 

Steps:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a big enough pot and put the burner / stove plate on medium
  2. Stir, stir, stir until the dough forms a dough that pulls away from the sides and let it cool a bit before you touch it. You don’t want to burn.
  3. When it’s cool enough to work with it can be colored with food coloring and shaped into whatever you feel like creating.
  4. Preheat the oven 120 Degrees Celsius or 250 Degrees Fahrenheit and let your art work bake for 2 – 3 hours or until completely dry. You may want tot turn it once or twice to ensure even baking.
  5. Remove from the oven when completely dry and let it cool to room temperature.

 

TA DA! All done 🙂

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