Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Salt Dough Ornaments

Sarah has been doing such a great job with her reading.  I am regularly at the library checking books out since she is required to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.  During our last trip one of the books we borrowed was 'Arthur's Christmas Cookies'.  This is a really cute story about a monkey that wants to make sugar cookies as a present for his mother and father.  During the baking process he accidentally uses salt instead of sugar and ends up with salt dough cookies.  The silver lining is that he decides to decorate the salt dough 'cookies' and make them into ornaments that his mother and father can keep and enjoy for years to come.
So we had a salt dough themed afternoon of reading the story and then making our own ornaments. 

We used a basic recipe of.....
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
Mix the salt and flour together and slowly add the water.  Add more water as needed until the dough starts to form a ball while mixing.  Then remove from bowl and knead on a floured surface until the dough is smooth.  Roll and cut out designs as desired and bake for 10 to 15 min in 275 to 300 degree oven.

Note: this is the last picture you will see with Jillian's hair long.....while I was cleaning up Jillian was playing in the basement and decided to give herself a haircut!

I used a straw to punch out holes before baking so that we can use ribbon to hang them.

You can decorate these ornaments so many different ways!  You can use pen, marker, paint, glue and glitter.

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