Play Dough and Clay

Baker’s Clay

  • 1 c salt
  • 4 c flour
  • 1.5 c water

Knead all ingredients together 7 to 10 minutes or until mixture is firm and smooth.

Store wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator.

Model as desired.  Use a toothpick to create texture, garlic press to make hair or grass, straws (for circles), or straw flowers.  Buttons or hooks can be cooked right into figures, if desired.

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 60 minutes or until hard.  Paint or spray with three coats or clear acrylic spray (matte or shiny finish).



  • 4.5 c flour
  • 1/3 c vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c salt
  • 1 2/3 c water with or without poster paint or food coloring mixed in
  • 1 Tbsp alum


Craft Clay

  • 1 c corn starch
  • 1.25 c water
  • 2 c baking soda (one pound box)

Cook in a saucepan until thickened.  Turn mixture onto a pastry board, waxed or parchment paper, or flour-dusted countertop, and knead.  Store wrapped in plastic or a damp cloth.  Mold as desired then air dry. Paint if desired.


Play Dough

  • 2 c flour
  • 1 c water with or without food coloring
  • 1 c salt
  • 1.5 Tbsp vegetable oil

Mix and knead well, adding more flour or water until desired consistency is achieved. Store in an airtight container.

Leave to air dry over a couple of days, then paint, if desired.


Cooked Play Dough

  • 3 c flour
  • 1.5 c salt
  • 3 Tbsp cream of tartar
  • 6 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 c hot water

Mix wet ingredients, then add liquids.  Place over medium heat, and stir.  When too thick to stir, use hands wrapped in rubber gloves to continue kneading.  Continue to mix over heat until it will not stick to gloves or hands any longer.  Cool.

Store in an airtight container.  Does not need refrigeration.  Will last six months or more.


Salt Play Clay

  • 1 c water
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1 c salt
  • food coloring

Cook over very low heat, stirring continuously.  Roll with a rolling pin.  If sticky, add flour.

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