DIY Model Magic- Apple Pie
A couple months ago, the family took at day trip to the Crayola Factory Museum in Exton, PA. If you are from that part of the country, I would HIGHLY recommend that trip. It’s pricey, but it was well worth every penny. Not only did the kids have a fantastic time, Jake and I did as well. We got to learn about how everything is made, and then actually got to MAKE crayons, markers, etc.
While we were there, we got to play with Model Magic, a type of molding clay that is super light and squishy. We all loved it- the kids got to color on it with markers, cut it, mold it, etc. Unlike playdoh, you can’t keep this stuff out and re-use it. It hardens up after awhile, so to buy it again and again- eh, not really on my priority list.
BUT, I thought, I’m SURE some crafty mom has come up with a DIY version of this. After only a minute or so of research, I found a recipe that seemed to be one of consensus.
2 cups of baking soda
1 cup of cornstarch
1.5 cups of cold water
Blend all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until smooth. Transfer to a cooking pot. Cook over medium heat, observing closely (don’t want it to burn!), and stirring frequently. You’ll know it’s done when it has the consistency of mashed potatoes.
Remove from the pot, and put it back in the mixing bowl. Put a wet dishtowel (wrung out) over it as it cools. After it’s cooled, knead it for several minutes. If it’s too sticky, you can add some cornstarch.
For ours, I wanted it to be apple-themed (Welcome, Fall!), so when I was initially transfering the liquid into the cooking pot, I added a tablespoon or so of apple pie spice, along with some red food coloring.
I think it turned out really well! While I wouldn’t say that it has the consistency of the Crayola Model Magic, it is a little lighter than playdoh, and dries easier.
I put it out on the table, added some “apple-ish” accessories (brown lentils/beans for “apple seeds”, bay leaves for the leaves, sticks for the stem, and some and let them go to work!