From Today’s Mailbag:

We had a question from a DRE today about the Modeling Dough With A Surprise activity from the upcoming classroom lesson:

I was wondering if you knew how much the “Modeling Dough With a Surprise” makes.  And will the colors bleed through if it is made the day before?

I know I’ve made it before in the past, but couldn’t remember the details so I decided to try it out.  With sincere apologies to food bloggers everywhere, here are my results.

Use a whisk or mixer to beat out all the lumps before you begin to heat it. You'll be surprised at how fast the whole process goes!
In literally 1-2 minutes my dough was too thick to stir any more. At that point, just remove it from the heat and wait a couple minutes for it to cool.
I got 17 two-ounce balls of dough from one recipe. These are big enough for little hands to knead and a good size to hide the surprise. Of course you can always make the balls a little bigger if you have a smaller class.


  • The salt will help preserve the dough so there’s really no danger of it molding for quite a while.
  • It does make it dry out quickly though.  As soon as the dough is cool enough to handle, divide it into portions, add the surprise, and seal it into little plastic bags, squeezing out as much air as possible.
  • You can easily make them a day or two ahead of time.  As long as the food coloring is close to the center, it shouldn’t bleed out.  Especially if you only use the recommended 1-2 drops per ball.

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