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Cool cornstarch crafts for kids

Part fun and part science, you can make some of the coolest crafts around with this simple pantry ingredient!

Cornstarch finger paint

Corn starch finger paints


  • Disposable muffin tin
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Food coloring
  • Paper


  1. Measure out 2 tablespoons of cornstarch for each well of the muffin tin.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of water to each muffin tin and stir until the cornstarch and water are mixed.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to each well, then stir to mix the color in.
  4. Dip fingers straight into the paint and have fun finger painting!

Moldable indoor beach sand

Corn starch moldable beach sand


  • Play sand
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Large spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Plastic bin with lid
  • Sand toys


  1. Scoop 8 cups of play sand into the plastic tub.
  2. Measure out 4 cups of cornstarch and add it to the sand. Use a large spoon to mix the sand and cornstarch together.
  3. Pour 2 cups of water into the bin and stir until the mixture is evenly moist.
  4. Now you are ready to mold and sculpt your play sand! The cornstarch and water help it to hold its shape as you play with it.
  5. Keep the lid on the plastic bin to prevent the sand from drying out.

Cornstarch snowballs

Corn starch snow balls


  • One 16-ounce box of cornstarch
  • Shaving cream
  • Large bowl


  1. Pour the box of cornstarch into the large bowl.
  2. Add shaving cream to the cornstarch, then mix it in with your hands.
  3. Keep adding shaving cream until the cornstarch is moist and sticks together when you mold it with your hands.
  4. Mold the cornstarch mixture into “snowballs” for a snow-free snowball fight.

Cornstarch bouncy ball

Corn starch bouncy ball


  • Disposable cups
  • Cornstarch
  • Borax
  • Glue
  • Food coloring
  • Measuring spoons
  • Craft stick


  1. Mix together 2 tablespoons warm water and 1 teaspoon borax in one of the disposable cups.
  2. In a separate cup, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 tablespoon glue and a few drops of food coloring.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of the water/borax mixture to the cornstarch mixture.
  4. Stir the cornstarch mixture together with the craft stick until it thickens and begins to form a ball.
  5. Remove the ball from the cup and roll it between the palms of your hands to make it round.
  6. Now the bouncy ball is ready to play with! It will flatten if you leave it to sit on a hard surface, so just roll it between your palms when you are ready to play with it again.
Image credit: Amy Vowles

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