Homemade playdough, a fun Christmas activity to do at home
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Making your own salt dough at home couldn’t be easier and it’s a fun activity for children of all ages.
Recipe for salt dough
1 cup of salt
2 cups of plain flour (don’t use self-raising as it raises when cooked)
1 cup of lukewarm water
Add food colouring or glitter for a festive look.
You will also need:
Baking tray, Rolling pin, Drinking straw, Christmas shaped cookie cutters Paintbrush, Glitter, Ribbon.
Step 1: Preheat oven to120 Celsius
Step 2: Measure flour and salt, then add them to a medium mixing bowl and stir. Add water
Step 3: Mix thoroughly. Sprinkle parchment paper with flour and knead dough until it’s soft and pliable. Add more flour if it’s very sticky
Step 4: Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness
Step 5: Cut out ornaments using cookie cutters
Step 6: Place shape on an ungreased cookie sheet
Step 7: Using a straw, create a hole for the ribbon that will hang the ornament
Step 8: Place ornaments in the oven and bake for two to three hours, or until completely dry. Turn once while baking, then remove and allow them to cool completely
Step 9: When the ornaments have cooled, decorate them with paints and/or glitter if desired
Optional step: If you want your ornaments to last for years and years, seal them with three to four thin coats of non-toxic acrylic varnish after the decorative paint has fully dried. Make sure to coat the entire surface to prevent moisture from getting in.
(Helpful hint – if you don’t have acrylic glue, add a couple of squirts of PVA glue to regular child-safe paint)
If you really want to break the cycle of rivalry and children clashing with one another, allow them to pick activities that they can do together.
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