No-Cook Dough

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For the independent modeler, this simple dough recipe is the natural choice. There's no cooking on a hot stove, and the more your child squishes, tugs and pounds it, the more this pliable stuff cooperates. Suitable for either dying or painting, this dough has a distinctly homemade look when dry.

What you'll need

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/8 cup salt
  • 3/8 cup hot tap water
  • Food coloring (optional)

How to make it

  1. Have your child combine the flour and the salt in a medium bowl, then pour in the hot water and stir well. Knead on a floured board for at least 5 minutes, working in food coloring if desired.

  2. WHAT TO MAKE: No-Cook Dough's sturdiness makes it a winner for molding chunky beads or small figures (large ones have a tendency to crack during drying). The recipe also rolls out nicely with a rolling pin; your child can cut the flattened dough with a butter knife or cookie cutters, creating shapes that make great holiday ornaments, pendants, pins and refrigerator magnets.

  3. DRYING TIME: Depending on the thickness of the dough, air-drying will take anywhere from 1 to 5 days. Small or thin shapes can be dried more quickly by baking them on a cookie sheet at 200 degrees for about 2 hours.

  4. STORAGE: No-Cook Dough will keep for up to a week when refrigerated in plastic bags or sealed containers.

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