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Dough Ornaments

ages 2-6


2 cups baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch, 1 1/4 cup cold water, wax paper, rolling pin, cookie cutters, ribbon for hanging ornaments, and decorating materials such as paint, glue and sparkles

Activity Detail

These ornaments are great holiday gifts that children can give. Make the dough ahead of time by combining baking soda and cornstarch in a saucepan. Pour cold water in and cook over medium heat stirring constantly for about 5 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cover with a wet paper towel until cool. Once cool, get your child involved in the next steps. Knead on a waxed paper covered surface until dough is smooth. Then roll out dough to about 1/6 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. You should end up with 2 to 3 dozen ornaments. Make a hole in each ornament for ribbon. Let air dry for 2 days turning ornaments over periodically. Now it's time for your child get creative by painting the ornaments and gluing on sparkles. (Note: The dough is also fun to play with but doesn't keep long.)


beancuso said:

My husband still has his dough ornaments from when he was a child. We hang them every christmas. My childhood ornaments are made out of clay and are much too heavy for the tree!

- Posted on Mar 31, 2008

Bonnie said:

I think it's good. It just falls short at the end with no suggestion of decorating them. Food coloring, paint what is suggested?

- Posted on Sep 4, 2008

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