Modeling clay lends itself to some truly enjoyable activities you can do with your children… but it’s often expensive and always ends up dried out! So here’s a simple recipe for homemade modeling clay. Many other recipes can be found on the Web, but this one is ideal because it’s non-toxic, really inexpensive and calls for ingredients that are always within easy reach!
- ½ cup salt
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup water
- 1½ tbsp. vegetable oil
- Food colouring
- Combine salt and flour in a bowl.
- Add the right amount of food colouring (I used approximately 12 drops for the quantity in this recipe) to the ½ cup water.
- Add the water and then the oil, while mixing with a spoon.
- Knead with your hands until it’s evenly mixed and of the desired consistency.
*If you find that the clay is too soft or not soft enough, you can fix that by adding a little water or flour.
And there you go! To keep your clay from drying out, you can store it in a hermetically sealed bag or container.
2 little activity ideas that use modeling clay
If you’d like to show your children what the various colours are made up of (e.g., purple = red + blue; brown = yellow + red + blue), double or triple the recipe, and add the water – without any food colouring – to your mixture.