Art supplies can be expensive. There are some suppliers that I absolutely adore because of their quality for their affordable prices, and often craft supplies are easy to find on sale, but for the most part kids craft supplies can cost a pretty penny. We tend to go through our fair share here every month, so it adds up quickly.
This clay recipe was passed on to me when I first started teaching by another teacher. While it is a modeling clay, it is pretty different from Crayola’s Model Magic. This homemade clay is heavy and does not stretch apart like Model Magic does. However, it has a very smooth texture, it isn’t sticky, and it is very easy (and cheap) to make.
The best part is that this Homemade Model Magic Clay is made with only two ingredients! Only two!!! And they aren’t weird ingredients that you will spend forever looking for. This recipe is made with two everyday items I guarantee you have at home!
This crafting clay is great for sensory exploration and all sorts of projects. It dries hard (no baking!) and is easy to manipulate.
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a pot over medium heat:
Mix it together completely and stir the entire time it is over the heat. It will begin to bubble very quickly and burns easily, so do not walk away from it.
2. Stir, Stir, Stir.
Almost immediately after bubbling it will start to clump together. It doesn’t take very long at all. Make sure you keep stirring. And then once it is at the same consistency as mashed potatoes remove it from the heat.
3. Remove from heat and let it cool down somewhere with moisture.
You can do this by moving it into a bowl and covering it with a saran wrap and a wet towel. I personally prefer to use a paper towel and a ziplock bag that gets thrown in the fridge. I like to do it this way because if we don’t use it all, it’s going back into the bag. Also I am really forgetful. Most of the time when I am making this it is because we are needing to use it!
We typically leave our clay white so that it can be painted easily. This recipe does well with food coloring or essential oils (1-2 drops) if desired. When storing remember that this craft supply will air dry – keep it moist (wet towel) and air sealed.
I hope you guys give this a try. Your kids are sure to love it!