Monday, October 10, 2011

Playtime: Fun with Salt Dough

There's just something so fun about doing crafts with your kiddo. I love seeing my daughter be creative and we have some of the best little chats during our crafty time each week.

If you have a child who loves play-dough, or if you just like to play with it on your own (hey, it's fun!), today's craft is completely for you.

I know salt dough is commonly used by kids to make cutsey Christmas ornaments but I think it's the perfect base for many other things.

My daughter is a huge fan of getting to mix, roll out and form dough so I knew she would be all over this.


I thought we would only use half of the dough at first...but nope, she wanted to keep going until every scrap was used.

You can color your salt dough with food coloring but we kept ours white so we could paint them once they dried.



We made tons of things, heart shapes for magnets, "clay" beads, pretend food for her kitchen, and this random L thing that I'm not sure what to do with.



For the beads, we rolled balls or squares and then poked the middle of them with the end of a wooden kebab skewer.



Lily's been slowly handing the hearts, as well as some stars she made, out to friends.



Here's her pizza. She made it 100% by herself. It's my favorite piece because of that. I get a little cranky when adults are so obsessed with perfection that they end up doing 90% of the craft by themselves.

She painted her pizza blue and black. And looks very little like a real pizza. And it's perfect.


Salt Dough Recipe

1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/4-1/3 cup water
food coloring (optional)

In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients. You can add a bit more water if you need to. Roll the dough out and form or cut it into your desired form. Cookie cutters work great!

To dry, allow items to air-dry on a baking cooling rack. Or you can bake the dough on cookie sheets at 200 for a few hours or until dry.  

If you want to paint yours, allow them to dry first before applying paint.


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