Keeping in the spirit of the season, our homeschooling craft for today was making salt dough ornaments. We did this last year, but I found a different recipe for microwave salt dough ornaments and decided to give it a try.
The recipe is simple:
- 4 c. flour
- 1 c. salt
- 1-1/2 c. hot water (add and mix a portion at a time so your dough doesn’t get too wet)
Mix together in a large bowl. My 4-year-old had a grand time mixing the dry ingredients together while I got the hot water going. I mixed the hot water into the dry ingredients with a spoon, but allowed her to get her hands in the dough once it had cooled. We did this outside on our patio so I could let her enjoy herself without worrying about the mess.
Be aware that because microwave ovens vary in power, some trial and error may be involved to obtain the right combination of cooking time and heat level. I noticed that if you nuke them on HIGH, the dough will bubble up and create a bumpy surface which I was not happy about. I discovered for my microwave, a batch of ornaments on a Pyrex pie plate cooked nicely at power level 4 for 5-6 minutes. If the ornaments appear to be soft, continue cooking in 1 minute increments until the dough hardens. If you cook it too long, the dough will collapse and turn brown — and possibly catch fire, so be attentive. Also sufficient time to cool before painting.
You will also need:
- Rolling pin
- Cookie Cutters
- A straw, chopstick, or toothpick to make holes in the ornaments to later thread ribbon for hanging
- Acrylic paints, glitter, glue, sequins, etc.
- Varnish or ModgePodge to protect the ornaments after painting
- Ribbons for hanging
Tomorrow’s activity will be decorating the ornaments with paint, glitter, and sequins! We plan to bless our friends and family with these creations. What a fun DIY gift idea and great sensory and fine motor skill development project for your children!