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Use households staples to make safe clay for kids' crafts

Updated on June 16, 2014

Easy, budget-friendly and non-toxic clay for crafting fun

When my oldest grandchild was about 6 (she's 15 now,) I wrote a little book for her and her twin brothers in which I collected recipes for homemade clay, paint, and other craft supplies. Then I thought it might be useful for other parents and caregivers so I published it. It's still available at Amazon.

One of the sections was on homemade clay, a substitute for Playdough. There are many recipes and they are all easy, useful and fun. I'm sharing two recipes here today that may or not be in the book, but they are similar. You will feel secure that your product is completely safe and you will spend very little money, plus it's fun to make the clay!

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Flour and Water Clay

This is the simplest recipe and is great for making Christmas ornaments or handprint plaques. The salt makes it sparkle like glitter.

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

1/1/2 cups water

Simply mix the ingredients together and knead like bread dough. Kids will love helping with that part. You can add food color if you like. Air dry your craft masterpieces overnight or bake it on low until it is dry.

Easy oatmeal clay

This clay looks like stone and is great for making castles, etc.

2/3 clups rolled oats

1 cup flour

1/2 cup water.

Mix it all together in a bowl. Turn it out on a floured board and roll it until it is smooth.

Crafty Kids and more on Amazon

Here is the link for my book and also links for several other great kids' crafts books.

Crafty Kids: Make Your Own Craft Supplies: Stories and Recipes for Crafting Fun
Crafty Kids: Make Your Own Craft Supplies: Stories and Recipes for Crafting Fun

The paperback is great for gift-giving for teachers or caregivers, etc.

Crafty Kids: Make Your Own Craft Supplies
Crafty Kids: Make Your Own Craft Supplies

The Kindle version is only 99 cents!

The Complete Book of Arts and Crafts
The Complete Book of Arts and Crafts

Lots of ideas for keepin kids busy and happy!


Subscribe to my kids' newsletter and check out the Fabulous Freebies and Fun Links for Kids website

I've been writing a weekly kids' newsletter which you can get in your mail to share sites that feature crafts, coloring pages, games, and educational material for more than 15 years. I've also had my Fabulous Freebies and Fun Links foesrr Kids website for that long too.

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      rhettaa 3 years ago

      @NellyWerff: We have had so much fun with this clay with all 6 of my grandkids! I'm sure yours will have fun too!

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      Nelly van der Werff 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Great idea to make your own clay! I'm going to try this out with my grandson who is 3 now. I'm sure he'll enjoy it.