Arts & Crafts

How to Make Clay

By: Highlights Editorial
A plate full of DIY clay figures.
minute activity
Ages 3-8
Fine Motor Skills

It's easy to make your own homemade clay with four simple ingredients: baking soda, cornstarch, water and food coloring. If you really want to get fancy, break out some optional googly eyes, feathers, chenille sticks, craft sticks or pompoms! Here's all you need to do to make this simple and fun craft with your kids. 

What You'll Need

What to Do

  1. Pour the baking soda, cornstarch and water into a pot.

  2. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring until it looks like mashed potatoes.

  3. Let the clay cool; then divide it into four pieces.

  4. Add food coloring and knead until smooth.

  5. Turn your clay into amazing shapes and fun things. Add wiggle eyes, feathers and other craft supplies to make cute critters!

  6. Leave your art in a sunny place to dry.

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By: Highlights Editorial