This begins a new segment at Ornament Studio, especially for children. The goals: Fun and creativity at low-cost, using everyday materials in known and less known ways. For today’s project, you will need:
1 cup oatmeal (old-fashioned or quick)
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
A parent or older child may have to prepare the mix. Mix the ingredients and knead on a floured cutting board. Add flour or water, a teaspoon at a time, depending on the consistency you desire. You want the dough to be malleable, but not sticky (too much water) or crumbly (too much flour). The consistency will be rough, natural looking. Run the oatmeal through a grain mill if you want a smoother consistency.
Note: This is not recommended for children who are too young to understand they must not put the dough in their mouths. It is non-toxic, but there is a choking hazard.
Once the dough is ready, it is time to create. It can be made into animals, people and even beads to string together and turn into a necklace or bracelet when the dough is dry. Use a cookie cutter to make shapes that can become pendants. It can also be painted once dry or you can add food color to the mixture ahead of time. It will dry rock-hard overnight.
Tip: Do not dry in the oven. Why: Simply because this is an opportunity to learn patience.
Adapted From: Disney Family Fun – Oatmeal Clay