I spent some quality time in my kitchen the other day making salt dough and cutting it into shapes. Thankfully the girls were very helpful with this, more in the sense that they were quiet and playing nicely together than hands on the kitchen. I think they knew I was doing something for them. Fall has come quickly this year and we have started decorating for it.
I used a simple salt dough recipe:
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cup flour
- 1 cup water
The more you knead this the smoother and softer it becomes. You can let it air dry – takes days, or bake it in the oven at 200 for a few hours. I still found this to take forever, but then again maybe I should have rolled it out thinner. If you turn the temp of the oven up you could start to get brown spots. Not a problem if you plan on painting as we did. Plus in our case the brown could be part of the fall leaves.
Cut out some shapes. I do not have leaf cookie cutters or play dough toys. Yea, you won’t see me doing this again that is for sure. Next I want to make salt dough leaves, I’m buying some new cookie cutters.
I made 5 of each of these leaves – some days I have 5 children and wanted to make sure I had enough for everyone.
I also made some trees and small flowers – cookie cutters that could pass as fall things. This Momma was tried and getting hand cramps.
When all was said and done – days later – we got ready to paint. The kids were quite excited. Fall coloured paint – red, orange, yellow, brown, and green.
One little man’s hard work.
Austin’s the yellow on he right hand side. We have a lot of yellow leaves this year.
Some of Brookland’s handy work.
Note: At nap time today I’ll be putting these up in our play room to make it feel like fall… picture to come!