How to Make a No-Cook Basic Paste for Kids

This is that rare homemade glue recipe that doesn’t require cooking! This one is actually safe for kids to make on their own with some supervision.

That’s because the ingredients are all edible, nothing needs to be heated, and the instructions are really simple. The only skill they’ll need to learn is how to stir one thing into another. And that’s probably one of the first cooking techniques most kids learn.

This is not an archival glue. It’s not going to stick forever. But it’s terrific for turning kids loose on craft projects you don’t expect to last.

No-cook paste brushed on blue paper
Yield: 1 batch

How to Make a No-Cook Basic Paste for Kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Under $1

This one is so easy, and kids can totally make it themselves. It makes a thick paste that won't hold forever, but is suitable for kids' crafts.


  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt


  • Bowl
  • Spoon


  1. Mix 1/2 cup flour water in a bowl, adding the water slowly while stirring, until the consistency is gooey.
  2. Stir in a pinch of salt.


Kids can make this themselves with minimal supervision.

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