Clay is an excellent material for both the classroom and home environment. Children from the earliest of years enjoy constructing with their hands, and this recipe is an easy way to ensure an endless supply of clay for your builder.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp oil
Stir over low to medium heat until clay consistency.
Cool and knead
Store In airtight container in fridge
You can add a few drops of food coloring if you want colored clay or you can paint it. It will harden if it is not stored in airtight containers.
Upper and Lower Elementary classrooms use clay for:
- Building models of layers of the earth
- Models of land and water forms
- Clay on the art shelf
- Models for any research project
- Porcupines with 100 quills (math work)
“The truth is that when a free spirit exists, it has to materialize itself in some form of work, and for this the hands are needed. Everywhere we find traces of men’s handiwork, and through these we can catch a glimpse of his spirit and the thoughts of his time.
This skill of man’s hands is bound up with the development of his mind, and in the light of history we see it connected with the development of civilization.” – Dr. Maria Montessori