How to make salt dough models

Updated: Aug 3, 2020


How to make salt dough models. Easy modelling activity for kids.

These salt dough models are so easy to make with only a few pantry items needed. They will keep your kids so busy modelling and decorating.


Ingredients:

1/4 cup of water

1/4 cup of salt

1/2 cup of plain flour

How to make salt dough models. Easy modelling activity for kids.

This doesn't sound like it will make a lot of dough but it actually makes plenty once rolled out. You could double the ingredients if you have more than one child doing this activity.


Step one:

Wash your hands


Step two:

Place salt and flour in a bowl and mix together (you may like to sieve the flour to make it smoother)


Step three:

Add the water into the flour/salt mixture slowly and stir. Eventually, it will form a dough (keep extra water and flour on hand to add if necessary to get the consistency right).



How to make salt dough models. Easy modelling activity for kids.

Step four:

Knead into a dough on a floured board and then roll with a rolling pin to get the thickness you want (we found 1/2 an inch worked fine).

How to make salt dough models. Easy modelling activity for kids.

Step five:

Use cookie cutters to turn them into shapes or roll into letters/numbers and arrange on baking paper.

How to make salt dough models. Easy modelling activity for kids.

Step six:

Bake in a warm oven 130c for around 2 hours. Afterwards, take them out and leave to cool for as long as possible (we left ours out overnight).


Step seven:

Decorate. We used acrylic paints and they needed a few coats, so after painting leave them to try before applying more paint.

How to make salt dough models. Easy modelling activity for kids.

This activity was super easy to make and due to the baking of 2 hours, cooling and drying off in between coats of paint, it stretched this activity out for a few days. Enjoy!

How to make salt dough models. Easy modelling activity for kids.






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