Clay

VALENTINE'S TREATS WITH EDIBLE CLAY

You can make different kinds of edible clay to suit your projects. We used almond paste for this one.

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You can make your own almond paste, or marzipan with a blender or food processor. For time purposes we used almond paste that was already made. For this project you will need:

  • almond paste
  • wax paper
  • food coloring
  • food friendly tools like toothpicks, butter knives, forks, etc.

Once you have everything you need you can begin making colored dough with whatever colors you have and want to create. Since we were doing Valentine's things, we stuck with red and purple to begin.

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Begin working!

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You can make all kinds of things out of marzipan or almond paste. You might find that after a good period of working your hands may get sticky. Just wash and continue. At one point during this project there was just a lot of color mixing going on. This is a good activity to keep little hands busy. Once you have created your little edible lovelies you can keep them in an airtight container to store until everyone eats them up!

MAKING HOMEMADE CLAY: PLAYDOUGH

When you were a child, I'm pretty sure you played with playdough. Either someone in your life made it at home, or you got that yellow tub from the store that is name brand. If you were like me, you may have been tempted to taste it. I remember one time my mom made homemade playdough, which I can tell you tasted pretty salty. This is a great way to spend a cold day, or a rainy afternoon (any day really), if you have little folks who need to be tactile!

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  • That's really about it (read above), but I'll show you too. 
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  • Measure your ingredients.
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  • Have pan on low-medium heat. 
  • Mix. Mix. Mix. Stir. Stir. Stir. 
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  • You will know you are going in the right direction when you hit what I call "the mashed potato" phase.
  • It will stick to itself and away from the pan. If you feel like you are getting crusty dough from the pan, it's OK. Stir faster and turn down heat, if it's especially crusty. 
  • At this point remove from heat. You can always turn it back on, if it's too much like a batter. 
  • Note: I have also done this in a Pyrex container in the microwave heating up 2-3 minutes at a time. Mixing and checking. 
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  • Place in container. We use different containers for each color. 
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  • Add coloring of your choice to your dough. We did use food coloring, as we had some lingering in the house that we are trying to use up. 
  • There is no shortage of things you can do with clay and dough. Here are some of our go to's: tortilla maker (see below), cookie cutters, make beads with a toothpick, color mixing. 
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  • Tortilla maker with playdough
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  • Beads after drying, then strung. They have a salty finish.