Make Your Own Sculpture Dough

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In this activity on page 7 of the PDF, learners follow a recipe to make a dough similar to the clay artists use to make sculptures. Learners mix ingredients, knead the dough, and then shape and sculpt artwork. Learners discover how the ingredients look and feel different when they are mixed together.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • 2 plastic cups
  • Spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plastic bag (for storage)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Solutions
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Office of Community Activities, American Chemical Society


  • All rights reserved, American Chemical Society, 2001