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Super Easy Salt Dough for Kids

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by Lucy Watson (subscribe)
A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published May 29th 2013
Unleash Their Inner Artist
Winter is almost upon us and the long days of summer, when you only saw your kids if they got hungry, are sadly behind us. If you're wondering how you're going to keep your little ones entertained when it's raining cats and dogs and blowing a gale outside, look no further.

I haven't come across salt dough in Australia, so whether it's a Pommie thing or I just haven't been talking to the right people, I don't know. The concept is very simple, but will keep kids happily amused for an hour or two whilst you a) frantically do the housework b) clean up the last mess they made or c) put your feet up (my preference).

A good selection of cookie cutters will encourage your young artists

Salt dough is like play dough except once you've made your desired model/ornament/Christmas decoration, you cook it and it hardens. When it cools you can paint it, add some glitter, thread some ribbon through it... you get the picture.

So, mix half a cup of normal table salt with a cup of plain flour. Then add about half a cup of water or enough that you can form a dough (it makes a nice soft dough which rolls out really easily). It's as simple as that. Arm your kiddies with the usual array of rolling pins and cutters and let them create to their hearts content.

Salt dough creations

When they're done, zap their creations in the microwave for around three minutes until they go hard and in the meantime, break out the paints, glue and glitter. I like this little diversion because it requires minimal effort on your part and the kids get two separate activities to keep them busy. Voila!
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