No-Bake Clay Activity

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Updated on May 23, 2013

This clay can be rolled, kneaded, and shaped into whatever sculpture strikes your kid's fancy, and it doesn't need to go into the oven. Brew up a batch, shape it, and dry overnight. By morning, it's ready for painting! Perfect for winter snowmen, Halloween pumpkins, or other holiday decor, this is arts and crafts at its most flexible.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water
  • several bowls
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • Paper plate
  • Small towel or cloth
  • Newspaper

What You Do:

Mix a few drops of food coloring into the water and stir until combined. Then put the water, baking soda, and cornstarch into a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture feels like cooked mashed potatoes. Remove from heat, put it onto a paper plate, and cover with a damp towel until cool. Repeat this process for any additional colors you'd like to use.

When the mixtures are cool, knead them until the clay feels smooth and pliable. Then cover the kitchen table with newspaper, sit your child down, and give him a go! Depending on the time of year, he can sculpt something with a holiday theme (like a snowman, a pumpkin, a ghost, or a flag) or he can just use his imagination and create something with nothing to do with the holidays (fruit, shapes, a car). Whatever he creates, let it dry overnight. In the morning, it will be ready for final paint and decorations.

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