Homemade playdough, a fun Christmas activity to do at home

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Hand made plasticine or modeling clay figure of snowman on white background.Christmas decoration

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)




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