How to Make Modeling Clays for Children - Easy and Safe!

Jeremy Mailman By Jeremy Mailman, 15th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Modeling clay is not only fun for children. It is educational and enhances a child’s imagination and creativity. Bond with your child by helping them make their own masterpieces. Modeling clays are a bit expensive but you can make your own at home. All the things you need can all be found in your kitchen.


Things you will need for your homemade modeling clay:

1 cup cornstarch

2 cups baking soda

1-1/2 cups water

Food coloring or poster water colors


1. Mix baking soda, cornstarch and water in a pan.

2. Put over the stove with medium heat.

3. Constantly stir until it thickens into paste.

4. Remove from heat and let cool.

5. Shape with hands or cookie cutter.

How to make colored clays

1. Divide mixed ingredients into 3-4 parts before cooking.

2. Color each part with 2-3 drops of desired food coloring.

3. Stir until color is well blended with the batter.

4. Cook separately.


Child Play, Creativity, Family Bonding, Games, Modeling Clay, Toys For Children

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author avatar Martin King
15th Feb 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing, I think my kids are a bit old now, and I have no grandkids, but whats round the corner ?.

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author avatar DevikaPrimic
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author avatar Denise O
15th Feb 2011 (#)

Well I will have to make a bunch of this for my grandson. Great idea. This way I know what is in it. Good job.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar tootsieharveystories
15th Feb 2011 (#)

Interesting...was wondering if you could make your own modeling clay.

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