There’s nothing better than an adventure in the great outdoors! Spending time in green spaces is scientifically proven to have both physical and mental health benefits, so it’s really important we explore the natural world with our kids. Nature walks with kids are exceptionally beneficial as they combine excercise for the whole family with the natural cusiosity and impulse of the children to explore every teeny weeny bit.
Why not commemorate your time outdoors by making a beautiful clay impression of a leaf or flower? This clay recipe is so easy to make and creates beautiful keepsakes to help you remember the great times you had in the great outdoors.
Whether you're walking in the woods, the park, or playing in the garden, there’s plenty of natural beauty to be enjoyed. When finding a leaf or flower to use for a clay impression, try to find something that has already fallen from a tree. Foraging the forest floor can be a fun game and also ensures that we don’t damage any plants, leaving them for others to enjoy. Please do be mindful of nettles and other hazards when searching for a flower or plant with young children.
If you can’t find something suitable in the great outdoors you can have a look in your kitchen. Our demonstration was made with a mint leaf, and we loved the results!
1 Combine equal parts flour and salt in a bowl. Stir teaspoons of water into the mixture until a soft, smooth dough is formed.
2 Sprinkle a little flour over a sheet of baking paper. Then, using a rolling pin, roll the dough out on the baking paper to at least a ¼ inch of thickness.
3 Take your flower or leaf and press it into the clay to make an impression.
4 Gently pinch the flower or leaf and lift it away from the clay. A beautiful impression will be left behind!
5 Allow the clay to set in a well ventilated room for about two days. Alternatively, you can bake your clay in the oven at 100 °C for 3 hours. Once your clay is set you can either leave it as it is or paint the impression!
We hope to see your clay impressions on social media! Remember, you can press all sorts of things into the clay to make an impression, so be sure to get creative! You could even add a few drops of food colouring to the dough to create coloured clay!
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