For today’s advent activity we are making Salt Dough decorations. Now for us making and decorating are 2 different days as most mornings we have activities on so only get the afternoon’s for doing at home activities. So we make the Salt Dough Decorations and then decorate them on a different day.
What you need to make Salt Dough Decorations
Selection of Christmas themed cookie cutters or tools to make your own shapes
Large mixing bowl
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water – added gradually
Grease Proof Paper
Oven on a low heat – if you would like to a try a quicker recipe then check out our Quickest Ever Salt Dough Recipe
How we made our Salt Dough Decorations
Cooking with J is a messy affair at the best of times so the first thing I do is prepare everything in advance – I measure out the quantities of flour, salt and water, set up the table with a cloth and then settle him in place.
We mixed up the salt dough – the water added gradually didn’t really happen – it was all poured in very quickly. Then using our hands we squished it and squashed it together.
He liked the feel of it saying “Not same as play dough” it felt “like sand” which I guess it did when sand was wet. We then put the salt dough on the table and patted it down with our hands – the rolling pin is at the moment quite dangerous and gets thrown around a lot so it’s put away till he’s a little bit older and grown out of the throw things at T stage.
Using the cookie cutters he cut out a variety of different Christmas shapes from my cookie cutter collection. We then used the straw to put holes in and J put multiple holes in the spare salt-dough as well as forming different shapes out of it and throwing it on the floor.
I put the shapes on a baking tray on grease proof paper and then into the oven on a low heat for 3 hours.
To come – Decorating the salt dough