January 21, 2018

Stinky Clay

You might open up your student’s backpack and be hit in the face with a stench.


As an introduction to measuring volume in Ms. Tucker’s math class, we made up some stinky clay this week. *Idea borrowed from our Buddy Class 🙂

How To Make Stinky Clay

Stinky clay is really smelly clay dough. Each time you’re finished playing with it, put it in something with a tight top. A coffee can will work well, or a plastic bag tied shut.

You’ll need:
A big bowl, 3 tablespoons of baking powder, 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, food coloring

Put the 3 tablespoons of baking powder into a bowl. Now add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to fizz! Mix in 1 cup of flour and 1 tablespoon of oil. Smush the bumps with your fingers. Last of all, add a few drops of food coloring or paint. If your mixture is too dry, add water. IF it is too wet, add a little bit of flour. Mix well, until it’s really stinky.

Is your clay stinky enough? Probably! A lot of people are scared of stinky clay, but don’t let this stop you from playing with it.

Bekah Tucker About Bekah Tucker

This is my eighth year as a primary classroom teacher, previously working as a special education teaching assistant and an english preschool teacher in Prague.

Outside of teaching, my passions are traveling, trying new restaurants, strong coffee, being with friends and family, and enjoying the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.

I love being a Corbett teacher!