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Occupied Kids = Sane Mommy!!!

I like to think of this as 'rescue clay', simply because there are days at my house (despite my kids having tons of options of things to play with) that they seem to have absolutely nothing to do...except fight with each other. I get out two simple ingredients and put the kids to work mixing, stirring and kneading.

This 'clay' keeps them occupied for at least one hour of the day and they really love it!

Step 1: Play Clay Recipe

I call this 'clay', however, it isn't clay in the sense that you can sculpt it and let it harden. It is more of a two-or-three-time-use clay that can keep your kids occupied and having fun.

How to Make Play Clay

1 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup conditioner (yep, run to your shower and grab the conditioner!)

In a small mixing bowl combine half of the cornstarch and all of the conditioner. Mix until combined. Add the remaining cornstarch and stir. When it starts to stiffen up you can remove it from the bowl and knead it.

That's it! You are ready to play! Squeeze, smash, cut, poke and have fun!

Store in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container.

***Some conditioners will take more or less cornstarch depending on water content. If you find the clay to be too sticky add more cornstarch or conditioner one teaspoon at a time.

<p>with this would I be able to put food colouring and glitter?</p>
<p>I really need to give this a try. thank you.</p>
<p>Do you need to use all of the conditioner in the bottle, or do you just need to use what is left of the bottle if it's not full?</p>
<p>the pic showed 1/2 cup of conditioner and a cup of cornstarch</p>
<p>How well does it maintain the shape? And does it dry out? </p>
<p>It will eventually dry out. You can add more conditioner if that happens. I usually let the kids play with it two or three different times and then throw it out. It is very, very soft when it is first made and then it does get more solid and can hold some shape after 20 minutes or so. I hope this helps!</p>
<p>It did, thank you. I was looking for cheaper options for making moulds to cast carbon fibre in, I'll give this a try see how it goes :)</p>
<p>I was thinking of using this for moulds as well.</p>
<p>does it harden eventually?</p>
<p>I made it and it came out really soft. I need to make this again.</p>
<p>Something to do with the kids at my daycare. They're gonna love it! Thanks</p>
<p>can use something else instead of cornstarch and can you use food coloring to color the clay</p>
<p>.Thank you, the next time the grandkids are over I will let them make this. It will be fun.</p>
<p>pls do a kiln tests post</p>
<p>Do not put in oven or kiln. Does not hold up to temp</p>
<p>excellent!!! :-)</p>
<p>my 8 year daughter is doing this using a detergent instead of conditioner after she had watched a video on youtube.</p>
<p>why do you have to use conditioner??</p>
<p>you can actually substitute the conditioner with a detergent</p>
<p>Do you want to use something else?</p>
<p>expensive?</p>
<p>Conditioner is super cheap. Get the $1 bottle of Suave.</p>
Interesting... any idea what the chemistry behind this is? Or is it just enough moisture and viscosity to make some form of an oobleck?
<p>Letting children eat this, or eat without washing their hands is probably quite hazardous to their health. Also, rubbing their eyes after playing with it is probably going to put them in a fit of screaming. Just saying some adult supervision is probably required. But great idea!</p>
Will hold up in a plaster mold?
To clarify, i love making silicone special effects items. For the 'clay' part, is it too soft to pour plaster on?
<p>that is wierd</p>
Wow and i bet it has a good scent from the conditioner...
<p>You're entire space will smell like conditioner! I definitely recommend using a brand that you enjoy the smell of!</p>
<p>Does this harden like real clay?</p>
<p>try cooking it, that might work!</p>
<p>Thanx</p>
<p>yup</p>
<p>She says in description that it doesn't harden like real clay.</p><p>&quot;I call this 'clay', however, it isn't clay in the sense that you can sculpt it and let it harden. It is more of a two-or-three-time-use clay that can keep your kids occupied and having fun.&quot;</p>
<p>From my experience, it will not harden.</p>
<p>homemade play-do isn't hard to make and it does get hard. However my family only wants good old fashion modelling clay.</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing this.i will make this dish </p>
<p>Haha!</p>
<p>You can also use it to make fake wounds. Just use instant coffee / food colouring to achive the right skin tone. Then corn starch, coffee, red and yellow food dyes and pouring syrup will give blood of varying consistencies.</p>
<p>I like this version! My sister &amp; I used to make the old Flour &amp; Salt clay decades ago, but drying was always a problem. You can also add a little color with simple food coloring in small amount too!</p>
<p>sorry sorry i will make this clay LOL</p>
Great Scott!! absolutely genius!!
<p>This looks so fun! I'd love to sculpt with this clay</p>

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