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Sculpting with Cornstarch Clay | Kids Activities Blog


Did you know you can use water, baking soda, and cornstarch to make sculpting clay? 

It’s cheap and easy and great for bigger kids like kindergarten kids.

Cornstarch Clay

Want a cheap, unique art project for your kids? Using cornstarch to create a clay is a new twist! This post contain affiliates.

Supplies YOU NEED TO  MAKE CORNSTARCH CLAY:

Video: HOW TO MAKE CORNSTARCH CLAY

Step 1

In a small saucepan, mix the baking soda & salt with 1/3 cup water and bring to a boil.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch & 1/4 cup water and stir well.

Step 3

When the salt mixture boils, remove it from the heat & add the cornstarch mixture.

Step 4

Stir vigorously for a minute or two to thicken the clay.

Step 5

Scoop onto a sheet of waxed paper & allow to cool before giving it to children to play with.

Step 6

The clay will air dry in a few days, so set them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper to serve as a drying rack.

corn starch sculpture

Notes:

This recipe make a small batch of clay, probably enough for 3 or 4 sculptures. If you’re entertaining more than a few kids or have a child with a big creative streak, I would double or triple the recipe.

Make Your Sculptures Extra Special 

To make your sculptures even more fun, look through the junk drawers & art supplies for things to stick on your sculptures for eyes, arms, antlers, buttons, etc. 

Google eyes, screws, luggage keys, sequins, soda can tabs, tiny nuts & bolts, buttons, paper clips…any tiny pieces would make great additions!

Important Note:

**If using small pieces to decorate your sculptures with, this project is not appropriate for young children.**

Materials

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, mix the baking soda & salt with 1/3 cup water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch & 1/4 cup water and stir well.
  3. When the salt mixture boils, remove it from the heat & add the cornstarch mixture.
  4. Stir vigorously for a minute or two to thicken the clay.
  5. Scoop onto a sheet of waxed paper & allow to cool before giving it to children to play with.
  6. The clay will air dry in a few days, so set them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper to serve as a drying rack.

Notes

This recipe make a small batch of clay, probably enough for 3 or 4 sculptures. If you’re entertaining more than a few kids or have a child with a big creative streak, I would double or triple the recipe.

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Have you tried making these cornstarch sculptures? Let us know how it turned out in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.





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