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Are you familiar with salt dough? Modeling dough has been popular for many years, but salt dough is less commonly used. I have three very strong arguments that will convince you to use it if you don't already. 1. It is simple to make. 2. It is just as fun to manipulate as modeling dough. 3. Salt dough creations can be baked and painted. They can therefore be kept and cherished for a long time. Are you convinced? I hope so... Read on for a simple salt dough recipe and four different ways to use it.
To make salt dough, you will need:
In a bowl, combine boiling water and salt. Gradually add the flour, mixing well until dough forms a ball. Be careful, the dough will be very hot. Use the salt dough as you wish. To harden your creations, bake them in a 250°F oven for 2-3 hours.
Now, once you have prepared your salt dough, what can you do with it? Since it hardens easily when baked, you can use it to make various accessories and keepsakes. Salt dough projects can represent great long-term activities for children.
Necklace beadsUse salt dough to form a roll. With a knife or scissors, cut the roll into large pieces to create necklace beads that children will easily be able to insert a wire or plastic string through. Use the tip of a pencil to make a hole in the centre of each bead. Bake the beads in the oven for a few hours. Once the dough has hardened, paint the beads as you wish and set them aside to dry. Once the beads are ready, provide flexible wire or plastic string and let children make pretty necklaces.
A volcanoChildren will love this scientific experiment! Use your salt dough to represent a volcano. Bake it in the oven for a few hours. Decorate it as you wish. Deposit a spoonful of baking soda inside your volcano. If you wish, add a drop of food coloring. Pour white vinegar inside your volcano to see it erupt.
A picture frameSelect a picture of the child. Use salt dough to make a custom-made picture frame. Simply cut a picture frame shape out of the dough and bake it in the oven for a few hours. Decorate it as you wish. Salt dough can easily be painted. Once the paint is dry, glue the picture in the centre of the frame.
DecorationsSelect several different cookie cutters related to your theme. Use them to create shapes as you would do with modeling dough. Use a pencil to make a hole at the top of each shape. Bake them in the oven for a few hours. Decorate them and insert a string or ribbon in each one so you can hang them.
Maude Dubé, Specialized educator
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