Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Crafting with the Toddler

Sometimes a recipe isn't about food (as a recent Sesame Street explains really well). It's about a craft. Thank you to Crafts by Amanda for reminding me that Salt Dough can be handled like Play Doh, then shaped & baked, not just used for Christmas ornaments. My toddler & I had fun making this paper weight for mommy's desk (look closely- Gabriel smushed it, creating his hand print! <3) 

Get your little one's senses & creative juices flowing with this recipe:

Salt Dough
*this makes more than one paperweight.

  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1 cup Flour + more, as needed!
  • 1/2 cup Water

Combine the flour & salt first. then add water. If it is not clay-consistency, add a little more flour until it is. But don't make it too dry! It will crack then.

Bake it on a parchment lined cookie sheet on 200-250 degrees for 2+ hours until it is completely cooked through. Allow it to cool completely!

*When finished you can preserve it with sealant or decoupage glue.

& like I said, I use this recipe for ornaments too! As well as molding clay :)


  1. Thanks for the fun idea! My 17 month old would LOVE to smash his little hand in this too. :)

  2. Thank YOU, Alida!!! <3 Have fun with your tot!!! :)