Salt dough decorations

Salt dough decorations

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a medium pot on the stove top.

Stir the mixture over a medium heat until it thickens and resembles a consistency similar to mashed potatoes.

Once cool, flour surface with some extra corn flour and knead the dough until smooth.

Preheat oven to a very low temperature, around 75-90°C.

Roll dough on floured surface to about 7mm in thickness.

Use a variety of cutters to cut out shapes and transfer to baking tray lined with baking paper.

Using a straw, make a hole in the dough so you can tie your ribbon or string through later. You can also decorate with stamps or write things in your dough.

Place in the oven. After about 1 hour flip your ornaments over and continue drying in the oven for another hour. You can keep them in the oven for longer if they do not feel firm enough, flip them back to top side up if this is the case to ensure even drying.

They will harden further once allowed to cool. – once cooled you can decorate with paint or just tie a string on them.

Promote learning by:

Talking to your child about what you are doing, asking them to help you with the measurements, counting whilst you are adding the cups.

Observing and discussing the chemical changes as the dough thickens, what does it look like and what does it smell like.

Once the dough is made and cooled roll it out together on a board. Discuss what you could use to make patterns and shapes with and also what you could use to make an imprint in the dough.

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