Bread Dough Clay

Bread Dough Clay
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Bread dough clay is inexpensive, fun and can be done indoors or out on a picnic table or deck. Give the kids some ideas of items they can make such as flowers, trees or other things they love. If you don't guide them they often become frustrated due to too many ideas and they can't decide! I like planning theme days where we read books on a subject, perhaps watch a movie in the related theme and then do arts and crafts afterwards. This is especially nice for rainy days.
You will need:

2 slices white bread

2 tsp. white glue

2 tablespoons water

food coloring

spray glaze or clear fingernail polish

Optional: pin back, magnets or string

Remove the crusts from the bread and discard. Working on a surface that can be cleaned easily, or use plastic trays-one for each person (foam plates are handy too). Add the glue and water to the bread and "knead" it until it isn't sticky any longer. Divide the dough into sections and add drops of food coloring to each, so you have a nice variety. Place each section in a plastic bag or container. When you are ready to use it place it in the middle of the table for the kids to share, or divide it so they each have their own. Don't work in the hot sun because the clay will dry to quickly. After they form their creations, allow them to dry overnight. When dry, they can brush them with clear nail polish, or you can spray them with a sealant. An option is to hot glue pin backs or magnets onto the art, or before drying, poke a hole with a toothpick that you can later thread string through. Kids can even make their own beads if they wish!

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Brenda Hyde is Mom to three little ones, a freelance writer and editor here at OldFashionedLiving.


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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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