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. 🙂

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! 🙂 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! 🙂 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. 🙂

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About Emile Therese

Emile Therese is a graduate of the University of Philippines in Diliman with a degree in Psychology. She is happily married. She and her husband, Dennis, are blessed with one amazing daughter (and hopefully at least one more child). She believes that values and character ought to be taught as early as possible and that these are key to community and nation building. This was also how she and her siblings were brought up by their two awesome parents! She is a Certified HR Professional who advocates employee engagement in its entirety. Emile believes that true employee engagement rests on the pillars of basic human needs and in ensuring that process and leadership basics are in place - the employee engagement imperatives. She hopes to contribute to making this world a better place for all of us now and the next generation. She loves sipping tea, conversations, reading and writing. The latter gave birth to two blogs - Purposeful Parenting Journey (purposefulparentingjourney.com) and Engagement Imperative (engagementimperative.com).

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