The next in the series of our favourite, quick and easy activities to keep your little ones stimulated and entertained is….
Activity 3: Salt dough creations ⭐️ 👣
Salt dough is a really easy way to engage children and I have found it’s a particularly popular one with our son. He loves to roll the dough and create lots of different creations, everything from decorative shapes and ornaments to animals and handprints. All of which we love to add to our tuff trays once they’ve had a chance to set.
There are only three things you need to make your salt dough…
Flour (half a cup)
Salt (quarter of a cup)
Water (quarter of a cup)
How to make the dough:
- Add the salt to the flour mixture and mix well
- Slowly add the water, ensuring you mix well as you go
- Once into a doughy mixture, knead the dough with your hands
- Use the dough to make any shape you would like to!
- Brush you salt dough with polyurethane spray or mod podge (available on Amazon)
- Leave to dry outside or pop in the oven at 160 degrees for 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the size and width or until complete dry
We often add food colouring to ours too, especially if making animals or shapes. It can be another great interactive learning tool, which we can all get involved in.
Usually we use acrylic paints as these seem to come out more vibrant after being in the oven. Our favourite items are definitely hand and footprints as they make fantastic ornamental gifts too!
To keep the dough fresh, we store anything we haven’t used in a sealed container, which usually means it last 2-3 days.