Monthly Archives: September 2015

Modelling clay ladybird

Make your own modelling dough

Modelling dough gets used up quickly, why not save money by making your own?

This no-cook method is especially good as it can be made safely by children.

What you’ll need

  • Two cups of plain flour
  • One cup of salt
  • One tablespoon of oil
  • One cup of cold water
  • Liquid food colouring (about two drops is usually enough)

The activity, step by step

  1. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl or pan.
  2. Mix the water and the food colouring in a cup.
  3. Add the water/food colouring and the oil to the flour/salt and mix until a dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough well.
  5. If the mix is too wet add in a little flour, if it’s too dry and is crumbling at drop more water.

Teaching points – things you can talk about while you’re enjoying this activity

  • Discuss how the flour feels.
  • Talk about the measurement of the ingredients.
  • Watch as the water changes with the food colouring.
  • Look at how the mixture changes as you mix the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.
  • Communication, language and literacy.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World.

This childcare activity promotes:

  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.
  • Communication, language and literacy.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World.