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Make Your Own Modeling Clay


Another day indoors? These boredom-busting homemade clay recipes will help indoor days fly by. All you need are a few simple items from your cupboards and you can whip together hours of fun. Here’s how to make homemade modeling clay.

Barbara Hall Palar, a writer and editor for more than 25 years in parenting, family and children’s publishing, loves to get her hands messy when she makes and plays with homemade dough. Her favorite thing to make is a snake.

  • Step 1 Make flour modeling clay (uncooked)

    This is the quickest and simplest recipe for homemade modeling clay, but it won’t keep as long. Since it doesn’t require cooking, you can get children to help make the dough without worrying about a hot stove. This recipe is easy to double, triple or quadruple for large groups.

    All you need
    Large bowl
    Sturdy spoon
    1/4 cup salt
    1 cup flour
    1/4 cup water
    Food coloring
    Cookie cutters and plastic utensils
    Waxed paper for playing surface


    Follow these steps to make the modeling clay:

    1. Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
    2. Add water and food coloring.
    3. Knead the dough with your hands until it is the right consistency to handle.
    4. Lay waxed paper on the surface where you’re going to play.
    5. Roll, mold and cut the dough using cookie cutters and plastic utensils.
    6. If you want your creations to dry, leave them out on a paper plate overnight.

    Keep dough away from carpet and furniture. Store dough in a plastic bag or container in the refrigerator. Place a damp paper towel or sponge in the container to help keep it moist.

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