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Crayola Dough

Manipulate the dough with your hands. Try shaping, pinching, poking, patting, pulling and rolling. Join Crayola dough pieces to make figures, animals, food models and other objects.

Shape and texture Crayola dough with simple tools, such as a rolling pin or dowel, combs, pencils and plastic utensils, or press into the dough with textured surfaces.

Experiment with mixing colors. Start by mixing two of the primary dough colors (red, blue and yellow) together to make secondary colors (orange, green, and purple).

Use plastic knives and scissors to cut shapes from a flat slab of dough that has been rolled out with a dowel or rolling pin. Add texture and/or firmly press other shapes onto slab cutouts to decorate them. Use a pencil to open hanging holes at the top of ornaments, pendants and medallions that will be allowed to dry.

Embed 3-dimensional objects such as buttons into Crayola dough pieces that will be allowed to dry.

Make coils by rolling out snake-like pieces of Crayola dough on a flat surface or between your hands. Layer the coils and press them snugly together to build pots and other compact structures.

Create beads. Roll pieces of dough into balls or cut a coil into equal size pieces. Flatten, texture or roll coil pieces into balls if desired. Use a pencil or nail to open large holes for stringing, then allow beads to dry thoroughly before stringing on yarn. Make multi-colored coils by rolling two or more Crayola dough colors together. Use as suggested for coils or beads (above).

Combine dough beads, forms and coils to make relief designs, ornaments, and pendants. Use a pencil to open a hole at the top if ornaments and pendants. After piece dries, string it on ribbon or yarn.