Threading is such a simple activity to put together for preschoolers to work on fine motor skills. These Coloured Salt Dough Hearts made with our Lavender Scented Salt Dough Recipe are perfect for making and using for threading as well as pattern making with your preschoolers. Ideal for Valentine’s day or just to add to your resources you could also use them for counters or to create a pretty scented garland similar to our Salt Dough Hanging Hearts to decorate your home or setting. So here we go How to Make Colour Salt Dough and use it to create hearts for threading with your preschoolers.

Scented Salt Dough Recipe to make Threadable hearts ideal for fine motor and pattern activities with preschoolers this Valentine's Day

Your Salt Dough Recipe

This is a an easy adaption of our Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and takes a matter of minutes to dry out the hearts ready for your activity with your children.

Lavender Scented Coloured Salt Dough Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of table salt
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 10 drops of lavendar essential oil
  • Red food colouring and Purple Food Colouring

How to Make your Salt Dough

  1. Place the salt and flour in a bowl and mix.
  2. Add the lavender to the water and stir.
  3. Pour the water into the flour and salt mix.
  4. Mix together until combined.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface or pastry board and knead until smooth.
  6. Using a tooth pick add a little red food colouring to half of the dough.
  7. Knead until well combined (you may want to wear gloves to avoid dying your hands red).
  8. Then repeat with the purple food colouring with the other half of the dough

This will make more than enough dough to produce a set of hearts that your children can use for maths and for threading.


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How to Make your Salt Dough Heart Beads for Threading

Hearts cut from coloured and scented salt dough with a cookie cutter
  1. Using the prepared dough above roll out some of the red dough to around 1/2cm thick.
  2. With a heart shaped cookie cutter cut out as many hearts as possible.
  3. Lay on a microwavable plate.
    turning salt dough hearts into threadable beads or buttons for activities with preschoolers
  4. Then with a skewer or knitting needle make 2 holes at the top of the hearts like the picture.
    salt dough hearts beads for activitis and crafts with preschoolers
  5. Place in the microwave.
  6. Microwave for 10 seconds then turn over your hearts.
  7. Repeat Step 6 10 seconds at a time until mostly dry.

TOP TIP > If you microwave has a lot of steam coming out from the water evaporating out of the salt dough remove the hearts and plate and allow the steam to escape. The steam in the microwave will prevent the hearts from drying easily.

Now repeat Steps 1 to 7 with the purple dough.

Using the Homemade Heart Buttons for Threading with Preschoolers

I bought a set of needles that although sharp enough to go through fabrics aren’t too sharp and have been using them with my children. With some yarn and this needle, it’s easy to thread through the hearts and connect them together.

Threaded Salt Dough Hearts in a Pattern for preschoolers to copy

As needle eyes are notoriously difficult to thread I generally thread it for my preschoolers and then leave the activity for them to do themselves.

coloured salt dough recipe used to make buttons and beads for threading activities with preschoolers

Once they have threaded you could use the hearts to make a garland similar to how we used our Salt Dough Stars at Christmas.

Or why not use them in a pattern activity for maths as we did with our Salt Dough Gingerbread Men.

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Scented Salt Dough Recipe to make Threadable hearts ideal for fine motor and pattern activities with preschoolers this Valentine's Day
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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