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My preference would be the glue/bread dough, at least if you are satisfied
with making fairly small items--I haven't used it for larger things. It
dries very hard and seems to be very durable.
The kids will love the concept of making a "glorious mess" --and you can
do it that way <G>. But I'm sure you would rather do it the no mess
In a pint zipper lock plastic bag, the heavier the better, place 2-4 slices
of white bread, crust removed and torn into pieces. Add 1 teaspoon of
Elmers's white glue for each 2 slices of bread. Close the bag. Then work
the bag until the bread and glue are thoroughly mixed--it will take longer
than you would think and smaller hands may appreciate a bit of help. You
can tell that it is done when the inside of the bag comes clean and the
bread/glue have formed a ball--insist on this! Then it is ready for shaping
into what ever.
Keep it stored in the bag when not actually working with it, and
refrigerated if necessary to keep it for a
week or so. If it gets too dry you can add a bit of glue and work it in.
The actual amount of glue needed will vary with the moisture in the bread.
A brush with a tiny bit of water will make pieces adhere better.
There is an alternative recipe which add some glycerin -- check on
I like the texture and workability of this dough better than any of the