Salt Dough: A versatile activity for all ages
Salt dough is a great activity to do with kids of all ages. Even if your children don’t have the motor skills to craft Easter eggs, they'll still enjoy playing with, and painting the dough.
As an added bonus, this activity doubles as TWO activities. After you've had fun playing with and forming the dough, you can paint the creations after they've cooled off from the oven.
A note for our furry friends: Take care when doing this craft around pets. The high amount of salt in the dough can be toxic to dogs if eaten.
Salt Dough Ingredients
Salt dough is simple to put together, and only requires a few ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need…
240 grams (2 cups) white flour
120 grams (1 cup) Salt
230 ml (1 cup) Cold water
For creating spring themed ornaments, add…
Spring themed cookie cutters – you can also make your own patterns by tracing and cutting paper stencils.
Straw – to poke the holes for hanging string.
Paint – acrylic is recommended as it sticks to the dough better. Water based paints seep into the porous dough. Use the paint that works best for your child’s abilities
Glitter, eyeballs, pipe cleaners, sponges, Q-Tips, paint brushes, or other decorative elements.
Twine or string – to hang the ornaments
Salt Dough Instructions
Here’s how to whip up a basic batch of salt dough.
Preheat oven to 160C (320F)
Cover your table with a tablecloth
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Mix well with hands.
Slowly pour in the water while mixing with your hands. Work the dough with your hands and fingers until it begins to come together. Tip! Kids are great at helping with this.
Dump the dough on the table and knead the dough until it’s fully formed.
Let your child free play with the dough, and see what fun creations they come up with.
If your children are small, they might be finished at this point. That’s totally fine! Clean them up and let them move on while you roll out the dough to make the eggs. They can always help to push down the cookie cutters, or paint the eggs later on.
How To Make Salt Dough Easter Eggs…
Roll out the salt dough to the desired thickness. If your dough is sticking, add more flour to your surface, rolling pin, and hands.
Arrange the cookie cutters, and press out forms.
Carefully remove the cut outs, and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Press the end of the straw into the dough to make the hole for the hanger.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the dough is completely hard. Cook times depend on how thick your creations are.
Transfer art to a cooling rack and allow to completely cool.
After ornaments are cool, set up a paint station.
Decorate to your heart’s desire.
If sealing with Mod Podge, wait until the paint has completely dried before applying the coat of sealant.
Cut twine to the desired length, feed through the precut holes, and tie at the ends.