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Don't Eat the Ornaments!


This sweet-smelling dough can't be eaten but it makes great ornaments. Mix together the following ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup warm applesauce
  • 6 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cloves
  • 2 tablespoons nutmeg
Use the mixture to form a ball-shaped mass.

Sprinkle some cinnamon onto a cutting board and roll the dough flat to about -inch thickness. Let children use holiday-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the dough. With a straw, make a hole in the top of each child's piece of dough. Lift shapes carefully with a spatula and place them in a cool area to dry for at least 24 hours. Tie festive pieces of ribbon or yarn through the hole you made with the straw and have students take their ornaments home.


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