How Can I Make Fake Rocks for Children?

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How Can I Make Fake Rocks for Children?
Use a large mixing bowl for this project. (wire wisk and bowl image by JJAVA from Fotolia.com)

Rather than buy rocks for kids to play with, create your own. The kids can also help make the rocks, in addition to playing with the finished product. Sand not only adds texture to the rock, but also gives it colour. Salt also adds texture. Because the rocks contain sand, make sure the children do not eat or lick them. Paint or colour the rocks to decorate them. Use them to decorate a classroom, or for science play.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Mixing bowl
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup playground sand
  • Spoon
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking tray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pour the flour, salt, water and sand into the mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients together until a sticky dough forms.

    How Can I Make Fake Rocks for Children?
    The flour does not need sifted. (tankard for bolting flour image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Tear off a large piece of parchment paper. Place it on a baking tray. Turn on an oven to 93.3 degrees C.

    How Can I Make Fake Rocks for Children?
    The parchment paper protects the baking tray. (backen 1 image by Tino Hemmann from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Break off a chunk from the dough, any size, and shape it into a rock. Place the shape on the parchment paper. Continue making rock shapes until you run out of dough.

  4. 4

    Place the baking tray into the oven. Bake the rocks for 10 to 20 minutes, or once the rocks are hard. Place the rocks somewhere to cool.

  5. 5

    Remove the rocks from the paper.

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