As we started to prepare for June’s Virtual Book Club for Kids book the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister where we will be sharing a cooking activity for the book, we decided just a little craft, ideal to either match with the book or just because it’s summer and we will be heading to the beach. So using our quickest ever salt dough recipe we mixed up a batch and created this sparkly, pretty little salt dough rainbow fish.

Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.

Materials needed for Microwave Salt Dough Rainbow Fish

Salt Dough Recipe – Find the ingredients here.

Rolling Pin

Fish Cookie Cutter ours is part of this animal cookie cutter set

PVA Glue

Acrylic Paints – Pearlised and Plain

Glitter

Paint Brushes

How to make Microwave Salt Dough Rainbow Fish

  1. Mix up the salt dough together 1 cup of plain flour, 1/2 cup of table salt and 1/2 cup of water.Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.
  2. Knead the dough until it is nicely formed it is a little sticky but that is normal.Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.
  3. Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut the fish shape.
    Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.
  4. Place a paper towel on your microwave plate and the fish onto the paper towel.Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.
  5. Set the microwave on high and zap for 10 seconds.Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.
  6. Turn the fish over.
  7. Zap for a further 10 seconds.
  8. Turn and repeat until the fish are dry.
  9. It took us around 18 times of zapping for 10 seconds and turning for them to dry out.
  10. PLEASE DO NOT ZAP ALL AT ONCE EACH MICROWAVE IS DIFFERENT SO TAKE IT 10 SECONDS AT A TIME.
  11. Leave to cool.Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.
  12. Set up some paints – we tried plain acrylics first they produce a really bright colour on the fish but for those that have read Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister the Rainbow Fish at the start is a beautiful sparkly fish.Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.
  13. Pearlised acrylics are fantastic they have a shimmer and shine to them plus paler colours and really catch the sun so we painted another two fish with these.
  14. Once the paint is dry paint with some PVA glue.
  15. Sprinkle with glitter.Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.
  16. Shake off and leave to dry.
Microwave Salt Dough Recipe and cute rainbow fish craft. Ideal for making with your kids or in a classroom as instead of waiting hours for the salt dough to dry out it's ready in minutes to paint and decorate.

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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.

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