Monday, December 19, 2011

Making Salt Dough Ornaments with Kids

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Creating handmade ornaments can be a memorable holiday tradition for children. And what better way to do it than to make them from scratch so children can be in charge of all aspects of their creations. To do this, we created salt dough ornaments.

 
 

You can find a quick and easy salt dough recipe here. The great thing about this recipe is that kids can help to dump ingredients and mix it all up. Not only does this give an opportunity for family time, it also helps children practice measuring.



 
 
After the dough is fully mixed, children can roll it out into flat sections and cut out ornament shapes with cookie cutters. Or they can create sculptures, small bowls, etc out of the dough.

After all the creations are made, bake them per the recipe directions above.
((During the baking process, I did have to keep standing the snowmen back up. Just a little tip in case your kiddos create vertical salt dough creations.))

After the ornaments were baked and cooled, it was time to paint them! I laid out every color of tempera paint that we had. Once his ornaments had dried, I glossed over them with a coat of mod podge just to seal the paint and add a bit of shine.
 
My kiddo was so proud to be able to hang his own creations on our Christmas tree. Overall, it was a fun activity that gave us a few hours of bonding, but created tactile reminders that will last a lifetime.

 




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