Thursday, March 17, 2011

Boredom Busters-Salt dough

So, today we had the warmest day of the season this year.  The kids wanted to stay outside forever, but being that it's not spring yet, nightfall still comes early.  I had to coax them all in the house, and decided to set them down with something fun, modeling dough!  A traditional salty dough thats fun to squish, squeeze, shape, or cut, is baked in an oven, and then can be painted, or food coloring can be added while mixing.
Want the recipe? Here goes!

2/3 cup flour
3 tbsp salt
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1/3 cup water

mix the dry ingredients first, then add the oil, then water.  dough shouldnt be sticky or stick to the bowl.  This is so easy and fun for the kids to mix!  After the kiddies are done mushing, squishing, and squashing, bake their creations in a prewarmed oven at 250 degrees for three hours. 

We decided to use cookie cutters.  Dough instructions are to roll out to 3/4 inch thinkness, but I liked mine a little thinner.  We poked a hole to thread some ribbon.  Here they are, just out of the oven.  Tomorrow they will get to paint them. (It's way past their bedtime!)

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