Air Dry Clay Recipe

This morning I was getting ready to go to Target to get some air dry clay for a math activity. I jumped on Google to make sure I had the right name for the stuff (it is in fact just called “air dry clay”). But then I noticed that you can make it at home. Score! Because air dry clay is expensive…and it only gets used once.

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup corn starch

4 oz. white glue (one regular sized bottle)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons oil (I used vegetable oil)

Here’s the process…

A few weeks ago I bought this gigantic container of glue. It has been great because there are so many different things you can use it for. A full post on that later. For this recipe I measured out 4 ounces.

Mix it together until it is the texture of thick frosting. This is also when you want to add food coloring. We did one batch that was white so we could paint it later and one batch that was green (because my 3 year old begged me).

Add the lemon juice and oil. The texture will start to change.

Microwave it for 30 seconds, take it out and stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds.

Now it is time to “knead” it. We tried this the old fashioned way and it was SUPER messy.

He thought it was fun and my one year old loved it.

I, on the other hand, just about lost it. Corn starch was everywhere! And the “clay” continued to have the consistency of floury glue. It was so sticky and so messy. I almost threw the whole thing out. In a last ditch effort we actually tossed the whole gluey mixture into our KitchenAid (I know! I’m crazy) and put it on the “knead” setting. As I gradually added the corn starch I started hearing a strange squeaky noise. Suddenly the consistency had changed. I pulled it out and had a perfect clay mixture. Hooray!

Here’s the little guy showcasing the clay (and his musical skills…that was unscripted).