If your kids like making sculptures with clay or Play Doh, they will love making sculptures with homemade oatmeal play clay. Oatmeal play clay provide a unique sculpting experience for kids of all ages because it has an interesting texture. And you can change the texture by processing the oatmeal if you like. Oatmeal play clay if a great play clay for little kids because there is nothing toxic about it. So it’s safe if kids happen to eat some.
To make oatmeal play clay, you will need dry oatmeal, flour, water, and food coloring. As for the oatmeal, both instant and old fashioned oats will work, with each providing a different texture to the clay. To make your first batch of oatmeal play clay, measure out 1 cup of dry oatmeal and put it in a small bowl. Then add 1/2 cup of flour to the oatmeal and mix with a spoon. After you mix the oatmeal and flour, add 1/2 cup of water and a few drops of the food coloring of your choice and stir until the mixture is well blended and smooth.
Plop the oatmeal dough onto a floured surface and knead it with your hands for about 3 minutes. If the cough is too sticky, you can add a bit more flour. If the dough is too dry, you can add a bit more water. After kneading the dough, it is ready to use. Simply let your children craft the dough into any shape they like. They can even make “oatmeal cookies” by cutting the dough with cookie cutters and letting them dry. To dry the works of art, simply place them on newspaper or wax paper and let them air dry overnight. Thick objects will take longer to dry than thin objects. If the objects start to crack, you can fill the cracks with a flour paste (just mix a bit of flour with a tiny bit of water and/or food coloring until you have a paste consistency).
To get different textures of oatmeal play clay, simply grind some of the oatmeal in a blender or food processor before making your clay. You can also use a food chopper to chop the oats. If you want to experiment even more, you can try adding a bit of table salt to the mix for a totally different texture. There are no rules when making play clay. If you can knead it and sculpt it then you just made clay!
If you want to paint your oatmeal play clay creations, try using one of my homemade paint recipes. Just let the oatmeal play clay works of art air dry then paint away. Here are a few of my homemade paint recipes:
3 Craft Paint Recipes – Egg Yolk Paint, Laundry Starch Paint and Gelatin Paint
2 Finger Paint Recipes – Flour Finger Paint and Cornstarch Finger Paint
3 Kids Paint Recipes: Scratch and Sniff Watercolor Paint, Bathtub Finger Paints, Sidewalk Paint
Paint Recipes for Kids – Foamy Paint, Instant Finger Paint, Glossy Paint.