Colourful Autumn Leaves: A Favourite Craft Recipe

I find once the cold weather sets in I am constantly looking through my stash of craft recipes. At any moment the weather might turn, and we will need to whip up  a fun mixture or concoction. So I am always on the lookout for new recipes, and new ways to play with the ones we already have.

Last week I shared one of my favourite craft recipes: SALT DOUGH.
So I thought this week, and every week from now until the Winter break I would share a favourite craft recipe– Recipes I use all the time with my crew of little people. Most of them you have probably used, heard of, or made before.
We have also developed a series of activities that uses each recipe so that your little person can give their brain a workout.
First up SALT DOUGH / CRAFT CLAY:

You can check out our post on Spookily fast drying Salt Dough for the recipe,
Craft Clay is a similar dough that dries (slowly) to an almost porcelain finish. Like Salt dough, it can be decorated with paint and glitter as an ornament or gift tag-it also can be used to make large beads, imprints, or other keep sakes. You can even give it a scent with essential oils.

Homemade CRAFT CLAY
What you’ll need:
1 c white glue
1 cup cornstarch + 1/2 c for kneading
1.5-2 tablespoons mineral oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tb alum
1/2 tsp essential oil

Mix up the above in a heat safe dish. Cook everything in the microwave for 2.5 minutes stirring every 30 seconds until it holds together. (may need more or less time).Dust surface with extra 1/2 c cornstarch, kneed until dough is smooth,  stretchy and not too sticky.
If not being used right away, wrap up tight in plastic wrap.
Roll out between 2 pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap.
Press in objects, cut out shapes, or form into beads. Use a straw to make holes.
let dry on starch dusted paper.
Once dry (24-48 hrs), decorate.

Pictured Activity:
Pressed leaves
A perfect opportunity to use those bit of nature that come home from the park..or take advantage of a warm day by doing a nature walk.
Once the leaves have been pressed in and the dough has dried, let your little person mix paint to try to recreate those autumn colours. This a great time to experiment with colour mixing and learn about different kinds of plants and trees. We read books to go along with our activity: Mouse Paint and How things Grow.
(We made our leaf impressions on Monday, and it looks like they will be dry by this afternoon , 48hrs. We will post pictures of the finished decorations once they are complete. :))
Update: done!

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