Art/Craft for Children

Valentine’s Clay Hearts

All of us have been unwell the last few weeks and now as they start to get better, but aren’t quite well enough to go back to playschool and school, the children are feeling a little fed up.

So with that in mind, we thought a little crafting was in order and so, up we hopped onto the Valentine’s Day bandwagon and made these lovely little clay hearts.

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What you need:

1 Cup/225g Bread Soda

1/2 Cup/55g Cornflour

3/4 Cup/140ml of Warm Water

A Saucepan

Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

A Straw  to make holes for the twine (or a skewer or knitting needle will work either)

Baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Paint & brushes

Twine

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 100C/80C Fan

Mix the dry ingredients together in your saucepan, then stir through the warm water.

Stir over a medium heat. The mixture will start to bubble and come away from the sides of the saucepan.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 a clean surface and knead it for a couple of minutes to make it soft and pliable. It should look and feel like bright white play dough.

dough

Roll out the dough and cut out the heart shapes.

knead

Stick the straw through the top to make a hole for threading twine through later on.

prep

Place them straight onto the lined baking sheet and dry them in the oven for an hour. (They also dry perfectly if just left out in the air at room temperature for a day or so, depending on the thickness of the dough, I can’t imagine many little people would be that patient however!!)

When these were ready, the children got stuck into painting them.

paint

The, when they were dry, we turned them into a lovely garland and some very pretty hanging hearts.

hearts

garland

I sourced the recipe for this dough on The Imagination Tree.

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