And it's edible too for little hands that like to eat everything!
I used this activity to teach my students shapes and colours in a more hands on and fun way. It was during an English camp and so we had a whole afternoon for the activity (it takes at least 1 hour for them to actually make the dough and play with it a little so keep that in mind when planning your lesson).
You can buy all sorts of fancy clay in the stores here...but it's nowhere near as fun as actually making it yourself. This recipe is easy, and the kids all did it themselves (no need for boiling water or any fancy ingredients). A lot of edible dough recipes call for Kool-Aid to make your dough smell and taste good, but this is pretty much impossible to get hold of here in Korea. To colour the dough I had ordered a set of food colouring on Gmarket but they didn't arrive in time, so we used the next best thing, water based paint (although eating the dough with the paint would not be a very good idea so keep an eye on your kids).
This dough will keep for 2 - 3 weeks when kept in a sealed container/ziplock bag. If it starts hardening, simply add more oil and knead until soft.
cold water (1/4 cup per batch/child)
flour (1 cup per batch/child)
oil (1 tablespoon per batch/child)
salt (1 tablespoon per batch/child...use ground salt instead of course salt. The salt is used to help preserve the dough)
a few drops of colour (food colouring or a water based paint)
*make sure to have big enough bowls for each student too!
1. Combine flour and salt.
2. Add water & oil. Mix until combined (knead well, you might need to help little hands as they will get tired quickly).
3. Add food colouring/paint and knead well until combined.
If mixture is too wet, add more flour. If mixture is too dry, add more oil
I then called out a shape and the students had to 'create' it with their dough. You will be suprised at just how creative the can be.