Food Grade Homemade Clay for Toddlers

Daddy: Hey, who made it?

YenYen: I made it! Mom and I.

Daddy: Really? How? What did you use?

Oh! The pride in her eyes and in the tone of her voice as she said, “I made it!” My heart is full.


I have Mom Nessly to thank for this recipe, which I originally saw in her blog post – The Best Play Dough Recipe.

Because my daughter loves playing with clay – I have always been on the lookout for recipes that I could use. While there are several clay-making tutorials out there, this is so far the only one I’ve seen that didn’t require fire. I want to make clay but I didn’t want to use up any gas for it.

If you are like me, this is something that you might want to try as well. No cooking required and with very basic, food grade (read: safe) ingredients. In fact, if you bake, you probably already have all these in your kitchen! Your toddlers will like stirring with you as well, so this is a great way to steer them away from those gadgets. πŸ™‚

Some of the ingredientsSome of the ingredients
My daughter enjoying the stirring portion and already started playing...My daughter enjoying the stirring portion and already started playing…

Clay Making Ingredients

The ingredients, very basic food grade and as such very safe for toddlersThe ingredients, very basic food grade and as such very safe for toddlers

Mix these all together and knead, knead, knead. To be honest, I find kneading very relaxing, thus I see baking as one of my next things to learn! πŸ™‚ Anyhow, our finished product is a bit the smell of siopao, which I loved but made me hungry all the same. So, (not in Mom Nessly’s recipe) I added a few drops of lavender essential oil. Made it smell very relaxing! πŸ™‚ Even my daughter, who is very sensitive to smell, loved it, too, and kept on kneading the dough with me.

Knead, knead, kneadKnead, knead, knead

Our lovely finished product! Our lovely finished product!

I used rock salt thus the texture. Works fornus but if you want it really smooth, use the fine ones.

In a week or two, your clay dough may dry out. Don’t panic, just add some water and knead.

Do you have any homemade clay recipe to share? Please free to do so in the comments section below. πŸ™‚

About Coach Emile Therese

Emile Therese is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and Head of People & Culture. She is an alumna of the University of Philippines in Diliman, Psychology major. She is happily married and they are blessed with an amazing daughter. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, a Certified HR Professional and a Certified Practitioner of the DISC Assessment of Profiles International Inc. She believes that employee engagement rests on the pillars of basic human needs, powered by strengths and encouraged by leaders. All together these form the imperatives of employee engagement - Engagement Imperative.

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