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Salt Dough Recipe

I’m always slightly wary when putting recipes up on the website – as i’m sure you’ll know from experience, adjustments are often needed. So use this as a guide rather than a definitive, fail-safe recipe.

You will need:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • Approx 1 – 2 cups of warm/boiling water

Method:

  1. Add flour and salt to a mixing bowl or mixer.
  2. Gradually add water until the consistency is doughy but not too sticky.
  3. Dust work surface with a little extra flour and begin to roll out the dough.
  4. Mould desired shape with either a cutter or knife.
  5. LEAVE TO AIR DRY FOR AT LEAST 12 HOURS.
  6. Bake on a low heat (approx 120c for a fan oven) for 3 hours
  7. Once cool, coat with a binder before applying acrylic paints.

Photo Guide:

You can choose to use cutters, knives or even pre-existing shapes to mould your dough. Here we chose magnetic numbers that we pressed into the dough before cutting:

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Cookie cutters are (obviously) a great option if you have them:

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When it comes to salt dough, patience and preparation are needed. It’s best to let the shapes air dry for at least 12 hours before baking:

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Line the shapes onto baking parchment so that they don’t stick to the tray. There’s nothing worse than broken pieces after they’ve been in the oven for 3 hours!

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Use a binder/ sealant to coat your shapes once they have cooled.

salt dough binder

After the binder, you can start to apply the paint. We find that non-toxic acrylics work best for really vibrant colours:

salt dough paint

Depending on what you are making, you may want to apply more than a few coats. For these ‘biccies’ we used a few layers of paint followed by posca pens:

salt dough biccies

Salt dough can be used for a range of different creations, from learning aids to decorations. Here’s some that we made with just one batch of dough:

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I would LOVE to see your own salt dough creations, so tag me into your facebook/ instagram posts or even comment below! 🙂

Sian x

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Simple Play Dough Recipe

Play dough is a brilliantly versatile play tool that suits a variety of ages. We’ve done a whole heap of activities using our homemade dough, from ‘baking’ cookies to aiding spelling practice.

It’s so simple to make that you won’t even need to bother with the shop bought version again. What’s more, you can adapt the recipe to suit your theme.

You will need:

– 2 cups of plain white flour

– ½ cup of salt

– 2tbsp cream tartar

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 2 cups of water (to be added gradually)

Method

  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, with the exception of the water. At first the mixture will almost look like breadcrumbs.
  • Pour water into the mix as the final part of the process.
  • Add up to 2 cups of water GRADUALLY.
  • Store in an airtight container.

This recipe will make a very basic play dough recipe, but to jazz it up add food colouring, food essence, glitter or even glycerine. Just be mindful to adjust the water quantity accordingly.

Themes to try:

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Valentine’s dough made with rose petals, rosewater and pink food colouring
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Mix colours together to form a marble dough.
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Ginger cookies made this dough smell delicious! We used the dough as part of a re-telling of ‘The Gingerbread Man.’
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Match your dough to the season. We made chocolate and lemon dough for Easter. 

 

Activities to try:

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Manipulate the play dough to spell words. This is also great for developing fine motor skills. 
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Use dough stampers for initial phonics sounds or spellings
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Rolling dough to make ‘cakes’ is another way to develop fine motor skills.
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Dough can be used for role play. Here we made ‘cookies’ to sell in our Easter themed bakery. 

 

I hope that you will try some (or all!) of these dough themes at home with your children. Please comment below if you have any other suggestions for themes. Don’t forget to check in with our Instagram feed for daily updates. 

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Rainbow Rice Recipe

Rainbow rice is a wonderful way to introduce sensory play to your toddler. It’s both cheap and easy to make, yet will provide hours of fun. We first started making this with Zoey when she turned one and we felt confident that she wouldn’t just eat the rice! Here’s what you need to do…

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