Let's Play With Edible Clay!

by Irene Zundel

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Kid's are natural artists, and they love to do things with their hands. They especially delight in stuff that is gooey and messy. Sometimes they put all the wrong stuff in their mouths - Yikes! What's a mother to do? Make an easy and delicious batch of edible modeling clay, let the kids mold it into lots of shapes, and eat their creations when they are done!

Here are three recipes guaranteed to please:

Chocolate Clay

  • 10 ounces of chocolate (chopped chunks or chips)
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup

Melt the chocolate in a microwave for 1 minute. Stir. (If chocolate is not completely melted, return it to the microwave for an additional 30 seconds. If you don't have a microwave, place the chocolate in the top of a double broiler over hot water and stir until melted).

When the chocolate is melted, add the corn syrup and blend.

Pour the mixture onto a waxed paper sheet.

Spread the chocolate with your fingers until it's about 1/2 inch thick.

Cover loosely with waxed paper and let it stiffen for at least a couple hours or overnight. The chocolate will become very pliable.

Peanut Butter Clay

In a medium-size bowl, stir together until smooth:

  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of instant powdered milk
  • 3 tablespoons of honey

Form the dough into a ball with your hands and shape. (if it's too dry, add more honey; if it's too moist, add more powdered milk).

Edible Play Dough

  • 1/3 c. margarine/li>
  • 1/3c. light Karo (corn) syrup>
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 2 lbs. Confectioners sugar
  • Food coloring

Mix all ingredients together and shape.

Can be refrigerated in plastic bag or bowl.

Ms. Zundel is a freelance writer and homeschooling mother. She specializes in writing entertaining educational material for students grades K-12. You can contact her at artwhiz@fadco.net.

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