Sunday, January 4, 2009

An Alternative to Play Doh: DIY or Soy Doh

Cornstarch clay is a great alternative to Play Doh for a quick clay project. If you are looking for a more Play Doh-like experience, we found this great Soy Doh product on the New York Times online edition here.

Your child will enjoy making this simple and easy-to-make recipe for cornstarch clay even though he or she is old enough to work with real clays. The benefit of cornstarch clay is that it is easy to for your child to make independently and it does not need to be fired to keep.

Mix 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of cornstarch, and 1 cup of water together in a large pan. Stir constantly over a low flame until the mixture comes together to form a porridge-like consistency.

You can use food coloring and/or scents to make the clay more interesting!


turkish montessori said...

I live in Turkey and want to do some Soy doh for my 20 months old daughter.
would you please clarify "baking soda"? is it something like baking powder? I couldn't figure out in turkish :( small description would be great!

Montessori House said...

The chemical name of baking soda is Sodium hydrogen carbonate and it's chemical formula is NaHCO3. The google translator gives me sodyum hidrojen karbonat in Turkish -- baking soda is what you put in baked goods to make them rise in the oven if you are not using yeast or baking powder. Hope this helps!