A salt dough recipe is a must-have if you have young children, it’s so simple to make, takes just a few minutes, and is very inexpensive. Also, what’s great about salt dough is that it’s non-toxic, provides hours of open-ended play, can be baked so that creations can be kept and helps to develop fine motor skills.
If like us, you home educate using the Waldorf method then it can be really expensive if you go down the route of buying all the natural toys, arts and craft supplies but so often, with just a little bit of time, you can make many of these items yourself for a fraction of the price, sometimes even for free. It also just feels good not having to buy items that result in so much wasted packaging not to mention the shipping of the items. So if you can, I urge you to try to make some of your own supplies. On this blog I have previously shared how you can make pretty peg dolls, beeswax block crayons and modelling beeswax.
You can add food colouring to your salt dough recipe but I prefer the natural colour, once baked it can always be painted. For today’s salt dough session we used various seeds, spices, pulses and so on to add as decoration. The wonderful thing about adding a few spices or herbs to your salt dough recipes is that it smells really wonderful. You could try adding lavender flowers or essential oils.
Salt Dough Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- half cup table salt
- half cup water
Mix ingredients together until a smooth ball has been formed. Your salt dough is now ready to play with.
How to Bake
To bake your salt dough creations, place in the oven on the lowest setting, on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, for approximately 3 hours. Let cool and then you can paint.
If you want to reuse your unbaked salt dough, I find it will keep a few days if it’s put into an airtight container and then put in the fridge.