Mother's Day is on its way...
Let’s prepare a surprise for Mom / Dad
Salt dough is a classic: it’s a very simple way of having fun with very little. All you need is a little flour, salt and water... and a lot of imagination for all the creations you can make with your child!
This year, your child may not be at school to make something for Mother’s and Father’s Day, but you can still suggest making some salt dough together to create a lovely photo holder or a star garland. We’ve got two recipes for you: one for classic salt dough, which requires few ingredients and is easy to work, but needs to harden in the oven, and another for air-dry clay, which is made with cornstarch and baking soda, is easy to model, and will dry in the open air. Over to you!
You will need:
- 1 cup of fine salt
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1 cup of cornstarch
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 1 cup of cold water
Salt dough :
Mix the salt, flour and water in a mixing bowl and knead until you get a uniform dough. You can add a little flour to the mixture if it’s too wet or a little water if it’s too dry.
The dough must be used immediately and the creations placed on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. They should then be baked in the oven at 120° for two hours (or longer if the creations are large in size)
1 ball of salt dough
watercolor paint and paintbrushes
Make small figurines out of the dough of your choice and insert a paper clip into each figurine. Bake the figurines in the oven at 120° for 2 hours.
Once cooled, let your child paint the figurines with watercolor paint.
Put the cornstarch, baking soda and water in a large pan and mix well. Place the pan on medium heat and allow to thicken for several minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from the heat once the mixture becomes sticky with the consistency of mashed potato. Cover the pan with a clean cloth and let the clay cool for a few minutes. Then knead the clay by hand for three minutes on a smooth worktop.
The dough will become soft and smooth: it must be used immediately and left to dry in the open air for 24 to 48 hours depending on the size of the creations.
1 part air-dry clay
a cookie cutter
string or ribbon
Using a rolling pin, roll out the clay on a smooth but non-sticky surface: (a wooden surface or a clean cloth). Cut stars (or the shape of your choice) out of the dough with the cookie cutter before piercing a small hole into each of them with the tip of a pencil. Leave the stars to dry in the open air.
Once dry, thread the stars onto a nice piece of string or ribbon and hang them up as a decoration.
Will you be able to keep the secret until D-Day?