Have you considered making clay for your kids, rather than buying it? Kids love molding and shaping clay into their own sculpture creations. Small children tend to put their fingers in their mouths. Making your own homemade non-toxic modeling and play clay insures kid’s safety while they create.
Play dough like clay
This homemade kids clay looks and feels exactly like the kind sold in cans in the store. Make it at home with just a few non-toxic ingredients from the kitchen. Kids will play for hours with this colorful and pliable dough. Mom will look like a clay making genius.
You’ll need 3 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 6 teaspoons cream of tartar, 3 cups water and 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. Cook all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until it thickens. For colored dough, add food color a few drops at a time until you get the right color. Take the finished clay from the pan and knead until the right consistency is reached.
Textured stone oatmeal clay
Here’s a fun homemade clay that resembles stone when dry. Kids can mold crazy stone men or building bricks. This clay makes wonderful non-toxic play castles. Use it in natural color or add food coloring if preferred.
You’ll need 1 cup rolled oats, 2/3 cup flour, and ½ cup of water. If color is desired, add a few drops of food coloring to the water prior to mixing. Mix it all together in a large bowl. Turn the clay out onto a floured board and knead, adding flour until smooth.
This clay can be easily molded. Kids will find the consistency to be much like Sculpey or Fimo brand clays. It works well for making homemade jewelry or figurines. Finished products can be painted with non-toxic acrylic paint.
Heat 2 cups salt and 2/3 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 cup cornstarch and ½ cup cold water. You are on the right track if it looks like mashed potatoes. Stir off the heat until thickened to clay consistency. Finished products take a few days to dry completely.
Flour and water clay
Here’s a great old fashioned stand by with ingredients every kitchen has on hand. This play clay contains salt which sparkles slightly when dry. Kids will love this for making dough ornaments for Christmas and other holidays.
To make this non-toxic homemade clay simply mix together 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt and 1 ½ cups of water. Kids will love kneading the clay and adding food coloring to the dough. Finished products are baked in a 350 degree oven until hardened. Items can be painted with non-toxic acrylic paint as an alternative to the food coloring.