How to Make Salt Dough With Kids

I love making and painting salt dough with children, it’s a great sensory experience for them. It also make children feel very proud as they can do it all by themselves (minus taking it in & out of the oven!) and they can show off their wonderful keep sakes at the end. These heart salt dough creations make lovely gifts. We did these for Valentine’s Day, but there’s no reason why they can’t be made every other day! 

Because of the kneading,  squashing and moulding of the salt dough- it’s also a brilliant activity for developing hand strength- an important factor in learning to hold and use a pencil. 

What do you need? 

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour 

What do you do? 

It’s really simple, mix the salt and flour together then slowly add the water (keep stirring). Then knead it into dough! Make it into shapes and pop in the oven at 180C (until hard, keep checking as the time varies depending on the thickness of the salt dough creations) 

Once dried and cooled- enjoy painting! 

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