Around the same time that I did the Playdough post (I’ll leave the link for that at the bottom of the page), Isa and I got creative and thought we’d try making some salt dough magnets. He really loved rolling the dough and cutting out the different letter shapes and was so excited to see the end result whilst we were making them. They are extremely inexpensive to make, and very verstaile, you can turn them into magnets like we did or you can pierce a hole in the top before baking so you can hang them up as decorations. You could also make them as gift tags too and I have even seen others create salt dough medals. The possibilities are endless.
To make these salt dough creations you will need
- 225g Flour
- 112g Salt
- 100ml Cold Water
First of all you need to mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Then add the water in stages till you get a good consistency dough to work with (you may not need to add all of the water) as you don’t want the dough to be sticky. If the dough is too dry and crumbly add a little more water.
Roll out the dough and cut out shapes as desired, if you are creating ornaments to hang use a straw to pierce a hole near the top of your shape.
Leave to air dry on a tray for around a week or bake in the oven at 120°c for around two and a half to three hours. You could even try putting them in the microwave for 3 minutes if you’re really pressed for time ( I haven’t tried this method myself though). You will know when they are done as they will feel firm, hollow and dry.
Once they are all baked and cooled you can now add your piant and glitter.
And there you have it, your very own salt dough creations.
Recipe taken from: http://simplybeingmum.com/2013/03/18/simple-salt-dough-recipe/
For my previous Playdough post click here:
Keeping a 3 year old entertained can be difficult when the weather’s bad outside and it’s always a struggle to keep them away from the TV. I thought I’d make some playdough for my younger brother to keep him occupied during the holidays even if it was only for a little while!
I wasn’t too sure if this was actually going to work but to my surprise it came out great so I’m going to share the recipe with you guys.
- 2.5 cups water
- 1 1/4 c. salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp. cream of tartar
- 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2.5 cups Plain flour
- Gel Food colouring
- Mix everything but the food coloring together in a large pot until somewhat smooth. It will be lumpy. Not to worry, the dough will get smoother as it cooks.
- Cook the dough over a low heat. Mix frequently. The water will slowly cook out of the mixture and you’ll notice it starts to take on a sticky dough appearance. Keep mixing until the edges of the dough along the side and bottom of the pan appear dry. Pinch a piece of dough. If it’s not gooey, the dough is ready.
- Place the dough on a counter top or large cutting board that can withstand a little food coloring.
- Knead the warm dough until it’s smooth and then divide it into the number of colors that you’d like to make.
- Add the colouring and knead until the colour is all incorporated.
- Play with the dough right away or store it in a large Ziplock bag or sealed container. Unused, it’ll keep for months.
Recipe taken from: Tinkerlab
For more ideas on projects to do with young kids or to see the original post for this recipe visit her website http://tinkerlab.com/rainbow-play-dough.