Fun Day Monday

Happy Monday to you all, I do hope that you have had a good week. We have been doing lots more leaf activities here in my childminding service and have been having lots of fun!

Last week we made some salt dough leaf decorations to hang on a tree and we thought we’d share what we did with you.

To make some salt dough of your own you will need:

  • 2 cups of plain flour and some for dusting
  • 1 cup of table salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • A big bowl
  • An apron
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Baking sheets with greaseproof paper on them
  • Chopstick or drinking straw

(It doesn’t matter what size cup you use as it’s more important that you get the ratio of salt/water/ flour right, just make sure you use the same cup for each measurement)

Here’s what you do:

  • Put an apron on your wee one… this activity can get messy!
  • Measure out the flour and salt and let them mix it up in the big bowl.
  • Add the water gradually until the dough is soft but not sticky.
  • Knead the dough on a flat surface for about 10 minutes….. this is a great sensory activity for your little one to do.
  • Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out on a floured surface to the thickness of a pound coin.
  • Let your little one cut lots of shapes out of the dough and place the shapes onto the baking sheets.
  • If you plan to hang the decorations use the chopstick or straw to make a hole at the top of your shape.
  • Now place your decorations in the oven at 200F/Gas Mark ¼ for about 4 hours. It is important to keep the oven low as a higher temperature will make your decorations bubble and warp.
  • Once your decorations are cool you can start to decorate them. We haven’t done this yet but plan to use acrylic paints to paint ours and we’ll be threading ribbon through the holes to hang them on a branch to make our own Autumn tree.
You can use this salt dough recipe to make decorations all year round… Christmas ones work well and look great hung on a tree.
Have a fun week :0)