Salt dough is a simple modelling dough that is suitable for a wide variety of children's crafts. To make salt dough, combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup salt and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and mix well; if the mixture is too sticky, add some additional flour. Salt dough can be coloured by mixing in food colouring. When you're finished with your craft, the salt dough can be air-dried or oven-dried and painted.
Salt dough can be used to create beads, which can be strung onto embroidery thread, string or ribbon to create necklaces and bracelets. To make the beads, roll small pieces of salt dough into balls or, alternatively, roll a piece of salt dough into a long cylinder shape and cut it into sections with a knife. Use a toothpick to poke holes through the salt dough beads and allow them to dry completely. Once dry, the beads can be painted and used to make eye-catching jewellery.
Children will love sculpting their own figurines out of salt dough. A fun way to get this craft started is to base the figurines on the characters of a book, nursery rhyme or movie that has been watched or read recently, such as "Charlotte's Web" or "Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle." For the former, you could encourage the children to make salt dough models of Wilbur the pig or Charlotte the spider. Once dry, the salt dough figurines can be painted and used as decorations around the house or in the kid's bedrooms.
Salt dough can also be used to make useful household items that can be kept or given as gifts. For example, a pencil holder can be created by hollowing out a thick, cylinder-shaped piece of salt dough, or by creating a circular base and stacking circular coils of dough on top to form the sides. Another useful craft is a picture frame, which can be made by rolling out four lengths of salt dough and securing them together at the corners before allowing the frame to dry. Both of these projects can be painted and sealed once fully dry.
Magnets and Ornaments
Magnets and ornaments are fun salt dough crafts for kids. Have the children roll out the salt dough and use cookie cutters or mould a handful of the dough into whatever shapes they desire. These crafts can take the form of things like snowmen, pumpkins, footballs, flowers, lady birds and moons. For ornaments, poke a small hole in the top of the creations before drying so that they can be hung around the house or on the Christmas tree. Once dry, these crafts can be painted and sealed. For magnets, use a hot glue gun to glue small button magnets to the backs of the salt dough crafts.