There are literally hundreds of uses around the home for Bicarbonate of Soda, from cooking to cleaning and deodorising, but one of the best ways it can be used in by keeping the kids occupied. Bicarbonate of Soda is easily made into a safe and natural modelling clay that can be used to for both educational and creative activities that will keep the kids happy for hours.
Using the clay, they can build their own pieces of 3D artwork that they can either keep or recycle into another work of art. This is a very simple recipe for making a clay that as well as being both safe and cheap, will provide hours of entertainment during the days leading up to Christmas when the words ‘I’m bored’ seem to be uttered constantly. You never know, you may well have a little Michelangelo on your hands.
To make this natural modelling clay, mix 400g of Bicarbonate of Soda with 100g of cornflour, 250ml of water and a tablespoon of vegetable oil together in a saucepan. Gently heat this mixture until it has the consistency of mashed potato, then leave to cool with a damp cloth over the top of the pan.
Once it has cooled, divide the mixture into separate trays, and add a few drops of food colouring to each of the trays and mix it thoroughly into the trays. Dust a usable surface with a bit of cornflour and let your kids start creating their very own masterpieces.
Using cookie cutters is a great way of teaching children about shapes and they will love squeezing and pressing objects into the clay to make new ones. Let their imaginations run wild by letting them mould their own forms, or even creating new colours by mixing different clays together! The clay can be kept in airtight containers to be used for next playtime, or left to harden for 2-3 days before being painted.
Dri-Pak produces 500g packs of Bicarbonate of Soda which are available from supermarkets, independent stores and directly from Dri-Pak. For further information and ideas for keeping the kids entertained as well as a directional video showing the making of Bicarbonate of Soda clay visit http://www.dri-pak.co.uk/kidsfun.html