Salt Dough

Summer shenanigans are back! This recipe is not new, or creative, or different. You probably all have made this once in your life but this post is to remind you of this easy recipe that will entertain your little ones on rainy days. This ends up being a two day activity because after you bake the dough, you can paint them or decorate them. You can also use this to teach your kiddos about math and color mixing.

My son loves to bake and mix things together. I gave him the ingredients and off he went. It only takes three ingredients, water, flour and salt.

This is a great activity for counting and fractions. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup.  4 scoops of flour (1 cup), 2 scoops of salt (1/2 cup) and 2 scoops of water (1/2 cup).  You can also make variations with 1/3 cup measures.

This recipe is so easy, you can let your kids do all the work. Have them mix the dry ingredients first, then add the water.

Slowly add the water and mix well.

I think someone is going to be in the kitchen a lot when he grows up.

Looking at the dough, you want it to be dry enough to handle without it being sticky. You might need to add more flour if you find it too sticky.

The dough is soft and stays soft for a while. Your kids can play with it just like playdough.

I tried using molds and a cookie cutter. I found the cookie cutter worked best. The mold was promising but the dough was soft and wouldn’t come out of it well.

Little C’s favorite thing to make with the dough was “gummy worms”. No he has never eaten gummy worms before, only gummy vitamins which he calls gummy worms.

He also liked the rolling pin and making cut outs using the cookie cutter.

You can make quite a few different things with this salt dough. Ornaments, key chains, handprints. This is a perfect activity when you need a few handmade gifts.

Allow the dough to air dry over night, flipping over when the surface is dry.  Place in a 200 degree oven for about 2 hours to dry further.  If the dough is thick, it might take a couple days to full dry.  Make sure it is completely dry before you paint them.

Unfortunately the molds didn’t work out as well as I wanted them to. The cookie dough cut outs worked way better.

After the salt dough is dry, use some acrylic paint to decorate them.

This will keep them busy for a while. You can teach them about mixing colors with the paints.

Salt Dough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1/2 water

Mix all ingredients together. If the dough is a little sticky, add a little more flour. You want the dough to be soft but not sticky.  You can make the dough in a little figurines or use a cooking cutter to cut the dough into shapes.  Allow the completed forms to dry over night and then bake in a 200 degree oven for 1-2 hours.  If the pieces are thicker, it might take longer to dry.  When the pieces are completely dry, you can paint with acrylic paint.  Enjoy.

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