Salt dough is by far my favourite quick and easy homemade clay to use with the kids. I always have the ingredients to hand and can mix up a batch really quickly. I love using this classic salt dough recipe from my own childhood which my mum used to mix up and was given to her by my godmother who used to use it in her classroom back in the 1950’s

Salt Dough Recipe in Grammes and Oz

This traditional salt dough recipe was originally written in oz but I have converted it to grams (you can find the oz version at the end) as that is what my scales use. It does air dry but will take between 24 hours and a week depending on what your child decides to make, the humidity and the air temperature. With larger models, we tend to air dry but I have used the oven-dry method as well.

Ingredients for the Classic Salt Dough Recipe

500 g plain flour – self raising flour will make the salt dough bubble as it dries especially in the oven.

500 g table salt – any fine cooking salt will work

250 ml warm water

You can convert to oz in the recipe card below.

Try these Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments or Christmas Decorations made using this recipe.

How to make Salt dough with Kids

weighing out flour on electronic scales to make salt dough
  1. Mix together the flour and the salt in large bowl
    Kid Approved classic Salt Dough Recipe that is in grammes and oz perfect for rainy day activities and works every time.
  2. Add the warm water slowly mixing together at the same time
    Kid Approved classic Salt Dough Recipe that is in grammes and oz perfect for rainy day activities and works every time.
  3. When combined turn out onto a lightly floured surface
    Kid Approved classic Salt Dough Recipe that is in grammes and oz perfect for rainy day activities and works every time.
  4. Knead for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic
    Kid Approved classic Salt Dough Recipe that is in grammes and oz perfect for rainy day activities and works every time.
  5. This dough can be stored for a couple of weeks in an air tight container or ziplock bag with the air expelled
  6. Once your ornament is made either leave to air dry or
  7. Place in the oven at 150C for around 1hr and check it may need longer
Kid Approved classic Salt Dough Recipe that is in grammes and oz perfect for rainy day activities and works every time.

Is your Salt Dough Puffing up? Want to know how you can store salt dough or whether it will air dry we have all of these questions answered on our Salt Dough Questions Answered article.

Kid Approved classic Salt Dough Recipe that is in grammes and oz perfect for rainy day activities and works every time.
a ball of salt dough ready to use with kids using a classic 1950s recipe

Classic Salt Dough Recipe

This classic salt dough recipe from the 1950’s is ideal to use with children to make ornaments, decorations and models
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Course: Play Recipe
Keyword: Air Drying Clay
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Author: Cerys

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Baking Tray
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix the salt and flour together
    salt and flour being mixed together
  • Gradually add the warm water as you mix it together by hand
    adding water and mixing by hand
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface
    Simple Salt Dough Butterfly Craft to make with friends as a kindness activity
  • Knead for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth
    Simple Salt Dough Butterfly Craft to make with friends as a kindness activity
  • Shape and mold as you wish
    Simple Salt Dough Butterfly Craft to make with friends as a kindness activity
  • Air dry OR bake in the oven for 1 hour+ at 300F (150C) until dry
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Notes

This is not edible simply use to create Christmas ornaments and decorations
collage for pinterest of making salt dough with kids

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Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

7 Comments

    1. Hi, that really depends on how thick the decoration you’ve made is and how humid and hot your room is. A warm dry environment with a cookie cutter ornaments can dry within 24 – 48 hours but things like Diva’s and sculptures can take up to a week because of the thickness.

    1. Hi, it really depends on the size of your dinosaurs that you use to make the fossil. With the small ones, we have in our collection, this batch made 6 “chunky” fossils. If you were careful and not making with toddlers you could use less salt dough per fossil and stretch out the mixture more.

  1. I’m really curious why the ratios for the microwave salt dough and the classic salt dough are different. Here the flour and salt are in equal quantities, whereas the microwave one the salt and water are in equal quantities. I wonder what the science is behind it

    1. I tried out the classic dough in the microwave but for some reason, it ended up soft never really dried almost pastry like on the bottom (as the fabulous Mary Berry would say it has a Soggy Bottom!) It also bubbled more readily so not great for ornaments. However, the microwave dough recipe does also work in the oven and has no problems.

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