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How To Make No-Cook Clay

Sink your fingers into this awesome activity!

Real play? Getting stuck in to making the clay you play with. Follow our guide to a day of flour fingers, food colouring and magically messy fun.


How To Make No-Cook Clay

Grab these materials…

2 cups of plain flour

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

½ cup of salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 cup of boiled water straight from the kettle

Food colouring options

Wooden mixing spoon

Large mixing bowl

Small bowl


Start by…

Taking your dry ingredients and adding them to your mixing bowl. That's the flour, cream of tartar and salt. Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients and add your oil. 

Mixing bowl filled with dry ingredients

Next you…

With the help of an adult,  measure one cup of recently boiled water and pour it into your little bowl. Pick your favourite food colouring colour and add a few drops to the hot water.

Child pouring food colouring into a small glass bowl of hot water


Slowly, little by little, pour the hot, colourful water into your mixing bowl full of ingredients. Get your spoon and carefully mix it all in until it becomes a dough.

Child mixing red food colouring into a bowl of white dry ingredients

After that..

Wait for it to cool. Then take your dough out of the mixing bowl and smoosh it using your hands making the clay mix together.

Child smooshing out their homemade clay onto a surface


When it's all smooth and soft your clay is ready for play. What are you going to make first? A mini-town? Some clay people? Let your imagination go wild!

Homemade clay creatures being made


Our no-cook clay makes for awesome stress squishes to help you feel more present and less overwhelmed.

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