With Christmas coming up and the weather getting colder, I was looking online for fun activities for toddlers to do at home when I stumbled upon the idea of salt playdough. As it’s Christmas, I thought it’d be fun to make some Christmas Ornaments for our tree and to send to friends, from S.
How do you make salt playdough?
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
Mix the flour and salt and slowly start adding the water while mixing the powder, until it starts to reach dough like consistency. When it is soft to the touch but not sticky, it’s ready.
You could add food colouring to your mixture and glitter but as I had various colours of paint and glitter gel paint, I decided to just mix the glitter into the paint when we were ready to paint the ornaments. I went out and bought cookie cutters but of course depending on the occasion, you can use any shapes.
Roll the dough out so it’s about 1/2 an inch thick and then cut out the shapes. Using a straw, make a hole at the top of the shape. Place the shapes onto baking paper and bake in a 110 degree oven for 2-3 hours. The ornaments need to dry completely. If they are quite thick then turn them over half way through.
Once they are dry, leave them to cool overnight and then the next day you can get down to painting and decorating them. To personalise them, you can carve your child’s initials into the back or put the year they were made, as a memory.
Although I had fun making these with S, he was a little young for it. He helped me knead the dough and then in usual S fashion, as he loves getting dirty, he body surfed through the flour!! He did enjoy painting them though, I just had to “touch them up a bit” for him.
This is a real fun way to bond with your child while keeping them entertained and a little bit of mess never hurt anyone.
Ta-dah! Our finished ornament. Using thick thread or even thin ribbon, string the ornaments when they are dry and they’re ready to hang on your tree.
What do you do to keep your toddler busy on cold and wet days?