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.
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).
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.
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.