Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Beginner
Beginner
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glue dough critter

Make your own smooth, soft, stretchable dough out of flour, corn starch, vegetable oil and glue. Mold an animal, an insect, a monster – it’s up to you! Add a few chenille stems, wiggle eyes and pony beads, and let it dry. Now you’ve got a critter of your very own!
Step 1
Quantities Needed:
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Corn Starch
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1 7.625 bottle of Elmer’s® White Washable School Glue

Project Notes:
   -  Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after making and playing with glue dough.
   -  Glue dough may look like regular dough, but it definitely is not edible. Never try to eat it.
Grown-ups, please supervise little ones who are playing with glue dough and be aware that this project is not appropriate for children under the age of three years.
   -  Glue dough play clay can be molded into shapes and hardened. If you’d like to keep your glue dough work of art, let it dry at room temperature for several days.
   -  When making glue dough, protect your work surface with wax (or palette) paper. You also may want to wear an apron (or other protective garment) to avoid glue dough related accidents.
   -  Check out all of Elmer’s® great recipes for glue dough, slime and more, click here

Start with the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine one cup of all-purpose flour with one cup of cornstarch. Mix these dry ingredients with a jumbo craft stick (or even with your hand).
Step 2
Now, add the wet ingredients. Pour in one bottle of glue, then add two tablespoons of vegetable oil. If you’d like the entire batch of glue dough to be the same color, add food coloring now. 

TIP: Dip a craft stick into the food coloring container, then use it to stir the mixture in the bowl. Always use a new, clean craft stick when dipping into your food coloring in order to avoid cross-contamination.
Step 3
At this point, the mixture in your bowl is going to look like a bit of a mess. Don’t worry, just mix thoroughly to combine the wet and dry ingredients as much as you can with a craft stick. 
Step 4
Check out that glue dough! It looks terrible, but that’s completely normal. Sprinkle some cornstarch on your hands. This will help to keep the glue dough mixture from sticking to your hands.
 
TIP: If you’d like to keep the "goop" away from your hands, you can put on gloves for this part.
Step 5
Mix with your hands. Once you have a big handful of glue dough, press it into the bottom of the bowl to pick up any dry powder left there, then keep mixing and kneading with your hands. You can add a sprinkle of flour or cornstarch if you feel like the dough is too sticky. The glue dough will be ready when it’s completely smooth and not very sticky. 
Step 6
If you’d like to make different colors from this batch, now’s the time to do it. Divide the dough into smaller sections. One section at a time, flatten out the glue dough, then wipe it with a craft stick dipped in food coloring. Fold the edges of the glue dough over the food coloring, and knead until it’s completely blended and even. Repeat this step to add different colors to the other sections of glue dough.
 
TIP: This is also a great time to use vinyl gloves, if you’d like to keep the food coloring from staining your hands.
Step 7
Shape your glue dough into a caterpillar, a bug, a llama or any other kind of critter that strikes your fancy. Use chenille pipe cleaners to create legs, wings or antennae, wiggle eyes so that they can stare back at you, and pony beads for extra glittery fun. 
Step 8
If you have leftover glue dough, you can store it in an airtight container (or re-sealable bag) for up to two weeks.
 
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  • Cornstarch
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