Kids love manipulating clay, don’t they? It gives them the chance to be in control and mold the clay into whatever their imaginations can think of. Playing with clay isn’t just a great sensory experience, but also an excellent fine motor skill developing experience. There is no need to make a trip to the store to buy clay when in fact you can make your own using ingredients found in your kitchen. Look below at a simple and easy homemade clay recipe, so your kids can start enjoying some today.
Easy Homemade Clay Recipe for Kids
Here are the supplies you will need for your homemade clay recipe:
As you can see, you can make this easy homemade clay recipe using items you already have on hand straight from the pantry!
If you want to make more clay, you can double this recipe with excellent results.
Now, let’s get started making this easy homemade clay recipe:
Begin by heating the water on the stove until it comes to boil. If little ones are helping remember to use the back burner and let adults do all of the stirring and adding of ingredients.
Once your water is heated, add the ingredients to the pot. Stir until they are well dissolved and a paste starts to form. Don’t worry if the paste still looks wet. Continue to stir until well mixed.
Remove the mixture from the heat and spoon it out onto a cutting board. Allow it to cool. Gather the mixture up on your hand and roll it into as much of a ball as possible. Don’t worry if it is still sticky at this point.
Wrap the ball in a damp paper towel. Store the ball in a cool place for a few hours so it has time to set and firm up.
Remove and discard the paper towel. Start manipulating the clay as the oil from your hands will help get rid of any additional sticky or tackiness. The more you play with it, the better the texture becomes.
Your homemade clay is now ready to be enjoyed! Roll it, smash it, and use cutters to make all sorts of shapes! When you are done, simply store the clay in an airtight container. Should you wish to make shapes and dry them (for ornaments and such) simply set the creation out and allow it to air dry for a few days.
This easy homemade clay recipe is a fun way to keep kids active and flexing their imaginations. Give it a try and see how much fun you can have.