One of my all-time favorite craft medium would have to be the humble salt-dough. Its one of those easy to make mediums where you almost always have the ingredients at home and the kids can not have enough fun with the endless possibilities. Ofcourse there are several variations to this recipe on the internet but I stick to my tried and tested recipe which has worked for me for over a decade. Here it is.
Ingredients : Salt : 1 cup Flour (all purpose) : 4 cups Water : 1 1/2 to 2 cups
In a large bowl, blend the salt with flour and gradually keep adding the water until a thick palable ball of dough is formed. Knead the dough firmly for a couple of minutes until it can stand on its own and no salt is left in the container.Wrap the dough tIghtly in plastic or put it in a plastic bag secured with a twist tie. Let it sit for a few minutes.
You are now, ready to play with your dough. This is the best part of the entire process for little ones. You could let the little ones play freeform or hand them a bucket of cookie cutter and let them have a blast.
After items are formed, set them on a baking sheet. Bake in 250 degree oven until items are completely hard. This can be from half an hour for small items to several hours for large ones.
Ofcourse, there are variations again.
* You can add a bit of vanilla essense or cinnamon powder at this stage. It will leave a beautiful fragrance long after baking.
* You could also roll the dough in a cylinder shape and cut 2 inch batches and add a drop or two of cooking color. That way, you dont have to color them once you have decided to mould it into your desired shape.
Once out of the oven, let it rest for a while on the wire.
And then begins the second best part of this activity : Painting 🙂 The kids absolutely love painting their prized creations.
Spread some cling film or newspaper on the kitchen table or where you intend to conduct this activity ~ lots of paint brushes with pots of water , some acrylic paints and some poster paints. Voila ! BTW, dont be surprised if the kids nag you again next weekend for this activity 🙂
Some tips :-
Keep all pieces of dough not-in-use wrapped tightly in plastic.
Store leftover dough in the refrigerator and use it within one week.
Bring the refrigerated dough to room temperature before working with it.
As much as you’d like to grab a bit into these “cookies” ~ DON’T ~ Not a good idea 🙂
Enjoy the salt dough and enjoy making memories.
Thank you for visiting me today. Have a beautiful and thankful day.
I would love if you could share your salt dough experience with me too !!