Kids Holiday Activity: Salt Dough Ornaments
Salt dough ornaments are one of the easiest recipes that you and your kitchen helper(s) can make together, plus you are rewarded with a keepsake to enjoy for years to come. They will love pouring and mixing the flour, salt and water to form the dough. They can pick out their favorite cookie cutters and within minutes their creations are baking (drying out) in the oven. Since there is a large window of time between cutting out the dough and actually painting the ornaments, I decided to tackle this challenge by cutting out and baking the ornaments after dinner. This allowed me the opportunity to turn the oven off after the baking time and keep the ornaments in the oven (off) to continue to dry out over night. Our ornaments were on the thicker side, so the drying time was 1-2 days. Your kitchen helper will be eager to paint and decorate so have all your materials ready to go once they are cooled and dry enough to handle. This recipe makes 12 ornaments, so there are plenty for gift giving too. A few of ours are being shipped across the country. If you plan to have an ornament making party simply double the ingredients and let their creativity soar.
So which cookie cutter do you think your kitchen helper will choose first? Leave a comment below and have fun with this activity.
Recipe Adapted From: TheBestIdeasForKids
- 2 Cups - All-purpose Flour
- 1/2 Cup - Salt
- 2/3 Cup - Water
- Heat oven to 200°C and prepare a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper
- Pour all three ingredients together into a large bowl and mix until combined. Kneed the dough for a few minutes
- Dust your surface (I use a silicone mat) with some flour, place the dough on your surface and cover with a sheet of wax paper. Roll until 1/2" or less thick
- The thicker or thiner the ornament is when you cut it out will affect the amount of time it takes to dry out, so a thiner dough will have you painting sooner
- Once the dough is rolled out, use cookie cutters to create your desired ornaments. Transfer to a baking sheet. Once they are on the baking sheet use a straw to create a hole for a future ribbon
- Place the ornaments in the oven at 200° for 2 hours. After the first hour, flip the ornaments. If they puff up a bit that means they are on the thicker side and will take longer overall to dry out.
- After the two hours, turn the oven off and let the ornaments dry out in the oven. I left my ornaments in the oven (off) overnight and removed to dry out in the kitchen for 1-2 days
- Once ornaments are completely dried out, you can decorate with paint.
Nicole is a professional photographer, mother to an energetic child, and founder of Make and Taste. She has been a Commercial, Editorial and Lifestyle photographer for 9 years and has been published in various magazines and brand websites. Nicole is passionate about providing her child with meaningful experiences and documenting all of the fun along the way. You can always find her baking with her 5 year old and enjoying a good cup of coffee.