The Best Clay Yet


We have been away from the blog for a while – busy with family, jobs, making art, community organizing, driving to hockey practice, to name a few. I thought a good way to come back was to remind you about some projects that we posted in the past, as well as introduce a new idea.

We love getting messy with our kids and experimenting with different sorts of clays. We have posted about lots of substances that can be molded over the years. Play dough, polymer clay, cornstarch clay, kinetic sand, Paper Mache, and make your own erasers. I have a new one! If you have gotten into the slime craze you might have the materials in your house currently. The biggest benefit is that it dries very nicely – smooth and hard, with no cracks.

Air Dry Clay


  • 1 tbs vinegar
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 4 oz white glue
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • food color (optional)


  1. Mix vinegar, coconut oil, and white glue in a microwavable bowl.
  2. Mix in corn starch.
  3. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir.
  4. Microwave for 15 seconds and stir.
  5. Microwave for 15 seconds and stir.
  6. Repeat until the clay starts clumping up.
  7. Scoop clay out on to a surface you have sprinkled with corn starch. Knead until smooth.
  8. Keep in air tight container.

EXTRA NOTE: Always have extra corn starch handy. I made a batch that came out very very sticky. Not sure why –  maybe didn’t cook long enough? humid weather? When I kneaded more corn starch in it made it better to work with.  Here is a NIFTY video with recipe too:

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