How to make a salt dough?

1st of December… let’s begin preparing for Christmas. I know a lot of you are ready for Christmas already (I mean decorations and advent wreath) but here in Latvia… we are running into a forest for natural material for wreath right before Advent Sunday. Otherwise, it will fall apart.

A few days ago the weather was so unpleasant that we decide to stay inside. What to do inside with 5 years old… and 3 years old… aaaaaand 2 years old. Huh…
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How about a 30-minute action called – hand and footprints! It is easy and actually few minute activity if you do it by yourself (I mean – grownup!). But for kids… it will hold them in place for up to 30 minutes (for Nelle & Linna even more but for Helmī after 30-minutes she runs out of dough and ideas too! Good.

I have few pictures of Christmas ornaments from last year made from salt dough (white one).

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If you can’t decide – let your kids to cover in flower or not… How about the list of skills they can learn:

  • motor skills like mixing, kneading, rolling, flattening, poking and much more;
  • sensory like wet, dry;
  • math and physics like weighing, counting, gravity, full, empty and so on (I have a math-related degree…);
  •  do like grownups – work independently;
  • and BE CREATIVE!

The recipe is for one ball. We made 3 balls.  I showed how to do it and then assist with two others.

RECIPE:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/4 – 3/4 cup water

In a bowl mix together flour and salt. Add hot water and mix in a dough. Knead the dough on a flat surface, adding a few more drops of water as needed (but not making it too moist).Make whatever you want. If you want to make hanging ornaments, pierce the dough through with a straw or toothpick while it’s wet.

Make whatever you want. If you want to make hanging ornaments, pierce the dough through with a straw or toothpick while it’s wet.

Allow the shapes to dry for a day (or two depends on how thick), turning them over periodically to speed up the drying process.

 

Ilze

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