Improvising....we do that a lot around here!
The girls found a recipe for "Sunny Day Clay" that they wanted to try, and when we finally get a chance, it's raining.
Therefore, we made "Rainy Day Clay" instead:
2 cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
1-1/4 cups water
Heat on medium heat and stir until it looks like mashed potatoes. Cool.
Divide and add food coloring. Here is a chance to teach kneading the color into the clay, similar to kneading bread.
Form in a ball, push down with the heel of your hand, then fold and repeat until color is even.
For Sunny Day Clay, you let the sun dry it out. For Rainy Day Clay, place on a greased baking sheet and put the oven at about 200 degrees for about an hour or however long it takes. The colors faded a little but it did dry out.
Our last one broke so I made one today. I just made the letters backwards and then rolled the bead over it. Then I used a bamboo skewer to poke holes in them.
It worked!!! Yay!!!!