Former Care volunteer, Line Christensen (Denmark, 3 months) shared her idea for a great activity she used to do as a child. It appeared in December´s newsletter - but is certainly worth sharing to our many new volunteers that have arrived in the past month. You are welcome to use the office to prepare the activity!!
Basically it is dough made of salt and flour, which you can shape in to anything you want and then you bake to dry it out, make it hard and prevent it from tainting. Then the most important thing – the painting!
It is a great activity for children of all ages and you can make anything you want (the children at my placement were really fond of making snails and empanadas!)
This activity lasted for two days and both the children and the staff loved it!! Recipe: 1 part salt 2 parts flour 1/3 part oil Warm water Combine all ingredients and knead until the dough is like plasticine- not sticky but not so dry that it breaks when you shape it. It needs to be baked for about 2 hours at 180 degrees, (depending on the size and thickness of the shapes you have made) until light brown. I used 1 kg of flour and 500 g of salt, which was a perfect amount for 15 – 20 kids (if I had brought more I wouldn’t have been able to carry the finished figures home to bake them).An idea is to poke a whole in the shapes tobe able to put them on a string afterwards so you can hang them for display.