How to Make Modeling Clay

Play dough is a favorite with kids and parents alike because the squishy, sensory fun fosters creativity as well as fine motor skills. You can take the activity to the next level by making homemade modeling clay. Once the kids' creations dry they can be kept and treasured, instead of thrown away.

To preserve modeling clay creations, just allow them to dry out. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Things You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour

  • 1 cup salt

  • 1 cup water

  • Bowl

  • Spoon

  • Food coloring

Step 1

Salt and flour are the two main ingredients for homemade modeling clay. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

You likely already have all the ingredients for homemade modeling clay in your kitchen. All you need is water, flour, salt and food coloring. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.

Step 2

Mix the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Mix the flour, salt and water in a bowl. Continue stirring until the mixture forms a ball.

Step 3

Add food coloring to your dough. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Divide the dough into sections and add a few drops of food coloring. Knead the dough with your hands and continue to add food coloring, a few drops at a time, until the desired color is achieved.

Step 4

Let your art dry out overnight. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

Use your hands to mold the various colors of dough into a three dimensional piece of art. Once your masterpiece is complete, leave it out to dry overnight.

Alternatively, you can place it on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Check on your dough every 30 minutes. It will take two to four hours to bake, depending on the thickness of your project.

Step 5

Store left-over dough in the refrigerator. (Image: Stephanie Morgan)

The remaining dough can be stored in the refrigerator in air-tight containers.

Tip

You can skip the food coloring and paint your art with craft paint once it has hardened.