5 Recipes For Kids Clay Dough

Here are 5 recipes for kids clay dough and playdough for modeling their favorite fun creative ideas.

I prefer the last one written for ornaments and the one I used here today.

They love to mold penguins and dinosaurs and with these recipes, these will get their creative juices flowing for hours.

They are all fun and easy to work with the kids who love to mold and cut shapes using playdough.

Perfect for them to give mom and dad gifts for Christmas gifts for a fun low-cost day.

Air-dried clay, baked clay, or playdough even made with Koolaid we have fun that awaits you.

Just invest in a few items from any dollar store and get creative to paint and decorate.

Decorating Ideas and Things You May Need

  1. watercolor paints
  2. paintbrushes
  3. beads
  4. acrylic sealer 
  5. use old jewelry you have 
  6. cookie cutters
  7. molds from the dollar stores
  8. food coloring
  9. plastic knife
  10. storage containers
  11. cookie sheets
  12. parchment paper
  13. glitter
  14. glue

Ingredients to Look For:

  • Cornstarch
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Food Coloring
  • Baking powder
  • Baby Oil
  • Koolaid
  • Oil
  • Cream of Tartar

Air Hardening Modeling Clay

2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1.5 cups cold water
food coloring

Note: painted once it hardens after at least 12 hours.
This can be molded into animals or use cookie cutters for shapes.

Place ingredients in a pan and stir until smooth.
Over medium heat cook and stir until boiling.
This should look like mashed potatoes.
Place in a glass bowl to cool and cover with a damp dishtowel.
Knead this when cooled to be smooth.
Use cornstarch for molding and cutting shapes when rolling out.

Baking Clay

4 cups flour
1 cup of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder(alum)
1.5 cups water

Mix ingredients in a bowl.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Use cookie sheets and roll the dough using cookie cutters for shapes.
Bake on parchment-lined cookie sheets.
Bake for the first 30 minutes then flip for another 80 minutes.
Note: don't make them thicker than 1/2 inch.
Cool, paint, and seal with varnish spray.

No-Cook Playdough Recipe

2 cups of plain/all-purpose flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of cold water
1 tablespoon baby oil

Drop the ingredients into a plastic bag and seal. Let the children knead them together inside the bag - then tip it out for modeling fun

Kool-Aid Playdough

2 1/2 cups of plain/all-purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
2 packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid and flavor
2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil or any oil

Just measure everything into a saucepan and mix it together.

Heat the playdough over a simmer (low heat), stirring constantly until the dough thickens and pulls away from the sides of the pot. Turn off the heat and allow the playdough to cool.

After it completely cooled knead it until smooth and no longer sticky. Note: Don't overcook remember just until it thickens.

Homemade Playdough

This is a cooked recipe.

2 cups flour
1 cup of salt
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 cups of water

Put all dry ingredients in a saucepan.

Add water, oil, and color.

Simmer slowly and stir all the time.

As it gets hot it will begin to thicken up.

Knead on a floured surface.

Also, Try One with Cornstarch cooked from What's Cookin Italian Style Cuisine Best Clay Art Dough