We love our homemade play dough, but I thought the girls might enjoy working with a smoother dough. I made a batch of cornstarch clay and set it out with a variety of texture-making materials from around the house.
This week: Cornstarch Clay
Recipe for Cornstarch Clay:
This is a recipe I had scribbled in my teacher notes – there are many variations, I’m sure!
Combine in a medium saucepan:
2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups water
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it begins to look like mashed potatoes. Immediately remove from heat.
Let the clay cool a bit and then knead to form a smooth ball. (If you overcook, it will get hard and lumpy.) For colored clay, knead in a few drops of food coloring or liquid watercolors.
- rubber stamps
- mesh from produce bag
- plastic straws
- paint scrapers
- frosting tips
- yarn or string
The cornstarch clay is only slightly sticky, so it doesn’t get stuck in all the Lego or rubber stamp grooves. Yay for less clean-up! The plastic frosting tips were the most popular texture tool this time around.
This free play art time turned into a coin-making factory. The girls rolled balls, smashed them with a glass, and then added various textures and designs. We left them to air-dry for a day, and now they are included in the play rotation quite frequently. Doesn’t everyone need a bag of special coins for playtime?
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