We were doing a youth ministry meeting about the sacraments and I wanted to let the teens have some fun making little models of symbols to represent each of the sacraments.
I have made homemade play-dough before, but it tends to be kind of crumbly and a little messy for our carpeted youth ministry room. So I decided to try making model magic type dough instead. I like model magic, but it tends to be kind of expensive if you buy it at the store.
This homemade version is not exactly like the commercial version, but it worked well for our purposes. The recipe below is lighter and softer than the homemade play-dough and has a very nice feel to it. It also does not have flour, if you have kids with gluten allergies. I cooked it without color. Then I divided it and kneaded food coloring into separate balls to get a variety of colors. You will need to add a lot of food coloring to make a vibrant color. The paste type coloring is better than the liquid if you are trying for brighter colors.
Homemade Model Magic Recipe
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups water
- food coloring
- Combine the baking soda, cornstarch, and water in a large saucepan.
- Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a ball of dough.
- Cool for a few minutes.
- Divide into smaller balls. Poke a hole in a ball and put some food coloring in it. Knead the ball until the food coloring is evenly distributed. Add more color if necessary and knead again. Do this with each ball.
- Store in airtight containers. Use within 24 hours.