Homemade Playdough for children
Kids are amazed when they learn how easy it is to make playdough with this kids activity. The children can store their playdough air tight containers, or left to air dry to save a finished creation. Recipes for modeling clay and playdough:
Cooked (flour and salt)
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3 cups flour
Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.
NOTE: This recipe is made from edible ingredients and not toxic in small amounts for children. However, a dog got sick after eating a batch of playdough. It is not intended as a food item. Please be sure to put it away after your children have finished playing.
Notes from Visitors:
1 cup baking soda
Have your child mix the baking soda and corn starch in a pot. Use hands to make sure all the lumps are broken up. Add water. The adult should put the pan on the stove over medium heat and stir constantly. As soon as the mixture gathers together, remove from the heat. When it cools, have your child knead it into a smooth playdough.
Note: Don't over cook this playdough or it will crumble when the children use it.
Alternative Recipe for childrens playdough
2 cup cornstarch
Gradually add water till smooth. Heat, stirring constantly until mashed potato consistency. Turn onto plate, cover with damp cloth, let cool. Knead dough.
1/4 cup salt
Have your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead and squeeze the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water.
Note: Your child will find that this playdough doesn't last as long as the cooked recipes.
The children will love the smell of this playdough!
2 1/2 cups flour
Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Wearing gloves, knead for 10 minutes. Store in zip lock bag in refrigerator.
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add more flour if necessary for the dough to form a lump. Have the children knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. You can add food coloring to the water before mixing the dough, or divide it into balls and add the coloring after the children mix and knead it.
Your children's finished crafts can air dry overnight.
Note: Children can store the clay in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag for up to 3 days.
Cornstarch Clay 1 (Porcelain type)
Ideal for items under 3/4" thick
In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and baking soda. Gradually add water until the mixture is smooth. Heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches a moist mashed-potato consistency.
Turn onto a plate, cover with a damp towel. Knead clay when cool enough to handle. Clay is now ready to shape into craft projects.
Mix completely. Add extra corn starch or glue to get a workable consistency.
Store in plastic baggie. Should last for months with no mold.
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