I know most clay is non-toxic. It says so right on the label right?? But did you know that most clay is oil-based? This version has no oil for easier cleanup and less mess. (We all love that right?) Make a batch of my Homemade Non-Toxic Clay for quality fun time with the kiddos today!
I loved playing with clay when I was little. I had visions of becoming a great artist and sculptor as an adult. We had so many colors and types. I also remember playing with it and making so many things that eventually we had to make more. The colors ended up blending into a horrible brown color. (I remember as a kid taking it to Grandma crying because it looked like “poop”.)
Clay and Play-Doh are huge for most kids. I know I loved making Christmas ornaments and all kinds of little things out of it. We made gifts and toys and tchotchkes all the time.
If you haven’t introduced your kids to the joy of clay yet because of the mess it makes, then you will love the fact that this recipe is water-based. Cleanup is a breeze.
Why Make Your Own Clay
I know it’s simpler to just purchase clay at the store. We are all about convienence nowadays. But what if you are at home with the kids and do not have either the means or the energy to run out and buy something new to play with?
Being the daughter of a home economics teacher, I learned the joy of making things instead of buying them. She was always on a mission to teach us that there are so many things that we can do ourselves rather than have to depend on the store to get. I love the thought of teaching kids self-sufficiency from a young age. And we all know that they are creative, imaginative souls. Tapping into their joy and love of making things is so good for raising good adults.
In addition to making it and teaching your kids, honestly, this water based clay is so much easier to clean up after they have their fun playing with it. You do not have to worry about stains from the oil-based store-bought stuff. Anything that makes cleaning up easier is awesome in my book.
What I remember most about using this clay as a kid was Grandma grabbing everything out of the cupboard to make it. I will never forget the magic of watching her make things from what looked like a hodge podge of things to us. It was amazing!
Odds are you probably already have everything on hand to make this clay right now. I know I don’t have little kids around, but I still know without a shadow of a doubt that I could run to the pantry and whip up some clay. Maybe just for ME to play with.
Pick Your Own Colors
Another thing your kids will love about making this Homemade Non-Toxic clay? That they can be in charge of the colors.
It’s a perfect opportunity to teach them the basics of how colors combine to make other colors. And without the help of the old commercial touting, “Yellow and Blue make Green!”
How to make Homemade Non-Toxic Clay
Homemade Non-Toxic Play Clay
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 ¼ cup water
Mix ingredients into a small saucepan.
Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat as soon as mixture reaches a dough like consistency.
When cool enough to handle, knead slightly.
To color, add food coloring or tempera paint to water before adding other ingredients.
You may also leave the clay uncolored, ad pain, color with crayons or markers when dry.
Store clay in plastic bags or an airtight container. Clay will remain pliable for several months when stored properly.
Models may be made from the clay and will dry to solid overnight.
Not Just for the Kids
Not only is this fun for the kiddos! Make some for yourself to craft with. This makes adorable beads, buttons, or any little craft items that you may want to make! It also makes wonderful diffusers for dresser drawers. Make up a batch and put a thumbprint in the center of a small oval. Let dry overnight. Add a few drops to the thumbprint and put in the front corner of one of your drawers.
I do this with peppermint in our closets too. Peppermint oil deters spiders and mice from invading. (They hate it!)
Make something using this homemade non-toxic clay recipe? I’d love to see it!
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