“Few art projects are so satisfying as messing about with clay. It can be enjoyed by kids of almost all ages, from tots to teens; you can do practically anything with it; and it just plain feels good. It won’t poison you if you eat it. It’s relatively easy to clean up (unless stomped heavily into the carpet). And generally it doesn’t cost much. Our kids – clay fans from the word go – have used it to make everything from chess sets to Navajo pots to mobiles to models of the Parthenon, as well as a perfectly beautiful bright-blue wizard and an entire set of Christmas ornaments based on the characters in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
“The boys’ potting careers began in toddlerhood with play dough, the recipe for which – now liberally splotted with food coloring – was given to me by a friend around the corner the year Joshua, our oldest son, was two. A play dough recipe, in my opinion, is a homeschool staple…”
For the recipe for homemade play dough and the rest of this delightfully engaging column, Pots, Bowls, and Mudpies: Clay for Kids, by Rebecca Rupp, from the March/April, 1999 issue of Home Education Magazine, click on the link above.