This protocol describes a facile, quick and reproducible preparation of hydrogels. The protocol requires four components: water, clay nanosheets (Clay-NS), a dendritic macromolecule (Gn-binder; n = generation number) and sodium polyacrylate (ASAP). Upon mixing with ASAP in water, Clay-NS, which are heavily entangled with one another, are exfoliated and dispersed homogenously because of a possible site-specific wrapping of their positive-charged edge parts with anionic ASAP. Meanwhile, Gn-binder possesses two dendron units, which are decorated with multiple guanidinium ion pendants on their periphery. A previous paper1 reports that a mono-dendron version of Gn-binder interacts strongly with the oxyanionic surface groups of proteins. Upon addition of Gn-binder to the aqueous solution of Clay-NS with ASAP, exfoliated nanosheets of clay are crosslinked kinetically through multivalent salt-bridge formation between the guanidinium ion pendants of Gn-binder and oxyanionic groups on the nanosheet surface. Consequently, the hydrogelation takes place.