No-Bake Clay

Education Category: Creative
Ages: 0-4, 4-8, 8-12

This clay can be rolled, kneaded, and shaped into whatever sculpture strikes your kid's fancy, and it doesn't need to go into the oven. Brew up a batch, shape it, and dry overnight. By morning, it's ready for painting!


What You Need:

  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water
  • several bowls
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • Paper plate
  • Small towel or cloth
  • Newspaper


What You Do:

  • Mix a few drops of food coloring into the water and stir until combined. 
  • Then put the water, baking soda, and cornstarch into a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture feels like cooked mashed potatoes. 
  • Remove from heat, put it onto a paper plate, and cover with a damp towel until cool. Repeat this process for any additional colors you'd like to use.
  • When the mixtures are cool, knead them until the clay feels smooth and pliable.
  • Then cover the kitchen table with newspapers, give each child some clay and give them a go! Depending on the time of year, they could sculpt something with a spring theme (like a bunny or flower) or they can just use their own imagination. 


Whatever the children creates, let it dry overnight. In the morning, it will be ready for final paint and decorations.

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