Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sick day : (

So, no kinder today, little E had croup last night and a pretty horrendous cough today. So what to do?
 I know she loves play doh, and we've made our own loads of times, but today I thought....we'll do salt dough, and  bake it...make decorations...she can pretty much do it all herself. No kinder, but still doing learning activities.
So here's the recipe, if you'd like to try....your 4 year old can do it.

Get a big bowl
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water

also you can add, but not necessary for it to work.
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, makes kneading easier- we added this
1 tablespoon of lemon juice, makes it harder when it dries
1 tablespoon of wallpaper paste, makes it more elastic while shaping...not kid friendly

Put the flour, salt and any of the optional ingredients into the bowl, and slowly add the water while stirring. ( E just put all the water in at once, and it didn't make any difference)...
Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, to make it smooth, if it's too dry, add a little water. Too sticky, knead in a bit more flour.
It was here that we divided up the dough and made different colours. Did a bit more kneading.

Make your shapes, we used cutters and laid the pieces onto baking paper. If your making complicated forms, I suggest you work directly onto the baking paper on a baking you don't wreck your work having to move it. If you want to hang decorations, don't forget to put a hole in the top, to thread a string through.

We dried our pieces in the oven on the lowest temp our oven would go for quite a long time...maybe about 1-2 hours or so. I could smell the toasty-ness and took them out.
Or if you're in warm climates you could just put your work in a warm dry place for at least 48 hours.

your work is dry, you can vanish it with PVA, or paint it, then varnish it....or pop a bit of PVA on it and roll it in glitter...whatever takes your fancy.....

recipe credit to Ancient Nile's  ancient Nile Article Salt Dough: a quick introduction

cooking in the oven

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