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Colorful Clay

Kids love to play with modeling clay -- whether they're sculpting it, pounding it, or throwing it. Replenish their supply with this colorful clay that's fun to make.


Note: This clay is not for children under 1 year of age; due to its high salt content, children should be discouraged from consuming it.



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Airtight container


  1. Step 1

    In a heavy saucepan, combine flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Add oil, 1 cup water, and food coloring as desired. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture pulls away from sides of pan. Remove from heat, and let cool 1 minute.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer to a work surface, and knead until smooth. Store in an airtight container; it will keep for several weeks.

Martha Stewart Baby, Volume 2 2001