Salt Dough Christmas hearts
I found this great recipe on another blog and adapted it to what we needed.
This is a perfect activity for young children, older children and even for us mums.
It's just like working with play dough but you can keep your creations for decorating.
2 Cups Plain Flour
1 Cup Salt
1 Cup Water
Florence really enjoyed measuring out all the ingredients, it's the first time I have let her have the free reign with salt.
Optional: food colouring - We added pink food colouring
You can even press buttons, diamonds etc anything hard into the dough before baking.
1. Place the flour, salt and water in a large mixing bowl and mix to form a dough. Give it a little knead on the bench to pull altogether and make it smooth.
2. Place between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until approx 3 mm thick.
3. Use cookie cutters to make your desired shapes and using a skewer make a hole at the top.
4. Place on a lined baking tray and bake in a 150 degree Celcius oven for 2-3 hours.
5. Once they have cooled you can paint and decorate with glitter. I used glitter nail polish as it is a lot cleaner and gives them a nice shine.
6. Add some ribbon and you have beautiful handmade decorations or gifts to give to teachers and family. I have used ours for Christmas tree decorations and also to jazz up some special gifts.
And with any left over dough (before it goes in the oven) you can put it in a jar for a gift or a treat for your little one for helping.
Florence and I had great fun making these little decorations, give it a go... if anything it is a lovely activity if you feel too cold to go out!