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How to make air dry clay at home

You can make air dry clay at home then use it to create practical shapes and creatures for fun. You’ll need to gather some supplies and prepare a work area. Ask mom or dad if you need their help with heating the clay.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • food coloring (either gel or liquid will work)
  • An old pot
  • a whisk
  • a heat-resistant bowl (glass, metal)
  • a wet piece of towel

How to make the clay:

  1. Put the cornstarch and the baking soda in the pot and mix it well.
  2. Whisk the water into the pot and continue whisking until the mixture is completely smooth.
  3. Add food coloring slowing, mix, add more food coloring, if necessary, until you have the color you want.
  4. Heat the dough over medium heat, stirring continuously to keep the materials from sticking to the bottom of the pan or burning. It will bubble and then thicken after about five minutes. When it is difficult to whisk, remove the pan from the heat and pour the dough into the bowl. Cover it with a wet cloth and let it cool to room temperature.
  5. Once the clay is cool, turn it out onto a protected surface and knead it until it is smooth. Pay special attention to the texture. If it is too sticky, add a little cornstarch. If it is too thick, try kneading in a teaspoon of water.
  6. Once it is the right consistency and ready to use, you can put it back in the bowl and cover with a wet cloth until you need it.
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