I have always enjoyed making these with my kids, and now that my daughter is 7 and reading, I found it top be such a wonderful experience with her!
Vivienne could read out and measure the ingredients!
This is what you need:
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups flour
- ¾ cup water
Mix the salt and flour together, then slowly add the water and mix in. At the end, we had to mix it with our hands to make sure all the flour was mixed in. This is so good for working those little fingers and feeling the texture of the mix. We found the mixing very calming, so she really felt relaxed afterwards.
Once the dough is ready, we rolled it out, the way you would with biscuits.
Vivienne decided to make a butterfly jewelry holder. I love that she could freely express herself and use her imagination to make something. The dough is so easy to use!
Once done, we put the dough in the oven and baked the ornaments at 180C, for about 15 minutes. How long you leave it in for, just depends on the thickness of what you have made.
You can also air dry the ornaments – it just takes longer to dry. We did an experiment! My son did two stars, and we left them out to dry overnight. They were still a bit soft in the morning, so I would definitely suggest that you oven bake them, as kids do not have the patience to wait too long for the painting part!
We waited until the next day to paint. I love activities that you can do over two days, as it gives the kids something to look forward to, and also teaches them some patience!
The painting process was so much fun! We just used normal acrylic paint, and it worked perfectly. The kids experimented with colours and had a lot of fun!
This is a wonderful family activity as it doesn’t matter the age, everyone can contribute. The creativity of molding the dough means that there is no right or wrong in the design.