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Craft: Beaded Jewelry

Have children create Christmas gifts using this fun dough.

Before class, mix together 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, several drops of food coloring, and 3/4 cup water. You'll need to mix a batch for each color. Cook over medium heat and stir constantly until the mixture solidifies. Don't overcook. When the dough cools, knead it until smooth and pliable. Store in a tightly covered container.

Have children shape the dough into beads of all shapes. Using a toothpick, have them poke a hole through the center of each bead. Help children make the hole large enough for a shoe string to fit through. Then have children string the beads on the shoe string.

Give children a container to hold their beaded jewelry until next week when they'll be dry enough to take home.

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