Move over play dough - salt dough is our new favourite sensory play + craft material! Play dough has probably been the activity Miss M spent the most time doing in 2016 - but the thing she loves with salt dough is that she gets to keep and preserve her creations.
So it's the week leading up to Christmas and it's a great time to make some Christmassy bits and pieces using salt dough, either as a gift for family members or just for the fun of it!
I brainstormed (and then browsed Pinterest) for as many different things to make with salt dough and we tried to make as many of them as possible!
- 1 cup plain flour
- half a cup of salt
- half a cup of warm water
- Foot prints & hand prints (add glitter to the hand or foot to make it extra special) - ideal for babies.
- Make Christmas tree ornaments - use Christmas symbol cookie cutters and make sure you pop a hole in them so you can hang them on the tree.
- Make a candy cane by twisting red & white - this was our favourite!
- Use feathers, doilies and other items with interesting textures to create imprints.
- Add a scent! We added some cinnamon to make gingerbread men.
- Make them rainbow colours (like my friend Sarah did!).
- Make stained glass window stars (click here to see what I mean - they look beautiful! I'm pinning this one for next Christmas).
- Get some letter cookie cutters to make names and words (like I did with my title - clever huh?)
- Glue a magnet on the back - easy peasy gift idea!
- Make a tea light candle holder - another easy one!
- Decorate with buttons and beads (yes they survived the oven)
- Make a photo frame (like this one!)
A few final thoughts...
I've heard through the Instagram grapevine that the good old salt dough has a competitor. Amanda from MW_Adventures says that WHITE CLAY is so much better and smoother! Her recipe is;
- 1 cup bi carb soda +
- half a cup of cornflour +
- 3/4 cup of warm water
|Image credit - MW_Adventures on Instagram|
Aaaaand... I intended for this post to include some 'process photos' of Miss M helping to make these salt dough bits and pieces, but alas I took my phone in to get the battery replaced, and ended up with a whole new phone. (I should be all like "yay" right?). Unfortunately I lost quite a few of my recent photos that were not backed up on Google photos (my own fault, James is all like "Told you so" in the nicest most supportive way).
Have you got any ideas to add to my list?