Homemade Model Magic

Posted on Sep 6th 2021


Homemade Model Magic

For those of you who have been to our studios or to one of our mobile studio classes, you know that all of us at Kidcreate Studio aren't shy when it comes to making a mess! But what you may not know (although I'm sure it's no surprise) is that we get messy at home quite a bit too. So when we found a recipe for homemade Model Magic, you guessed it, we had to make it!

If you're not familiar with Model Magic you're really missing out! It's non-toxic air dry clay made by Crayola. It's lightweight, colorful and dries to a hard finish in about 24 hours. Kids love the stuff! Even, parent's love to play with it!! The only downside to Model Magic is that it's a bit on the pricey side. That is why we are so excited about this homemade recipe.

(We would like to apologize to the person who developed this recipe for not giving them the credit they deserve- it's amazing!!! The problem is, we just can't remember where we found the recipe. So, if this is your invention, let us know so we can acknowledge you!

Here's The Recipe:


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch + additional for kneading
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • food coloring- 5-10 drops depending on desired color

Materials Needed to Make Model Magic with Kidcreate Studio


1 - Combine all the ingredients in a large sauce pan.

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2 - Heat the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly until it starts to bubble and thickens into a dough-like consistency.

Fruity Play Dough Instructions

3 - Transfer the dough into a bowl.

Fruity Play Dough Instructions

4 - Cover the bowl with a wet towel until it cools.

5 - Knead the dough on a surface dusted with cornstarch until it is no longer sticky to the touch. Additional cornstarch may be needed. Beware-Your hands might become discolored from the food coloring.

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6 - The air dry clay is now ready to be poked, rolled, pinched and sculpted into a masterpiece.

Fruity Play Dough Instructions

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