A couple of weeks ago we had a few days of damp and cold weather... which is so odd to say since it was 85 degrees today and dry as the down of a thistle (ah yes, I've been reading Twas the Night Before Christmas over and over again...). Anyhow, we're not very good at being housebound on the weekend, so I had to come up with an activity to keep the boys busy and my sanity intact.
I've had clay gift tags on the brain for a while, so that seemed like the perfect project that everyone could do. At first I was going to use air dry clay, but since I didn't feel like running to the store... and I had LOTS of flour and salt... I decided to make Salt Dough instead.
I remember making salt dough ornaments as a kid. I also remember my dog eating them off the Christmas tree and getting sick as... well, a dog. So, just something to keep in mind if you have a salt-loving hound in your house.
The boys (ages 3 & 5) had a great time playing with the salt dough. Their favorite part was rolling out the dough and using the cookie cutters. After the ornaments were dried, they painted the hearts-- first white, then red... which soon became pink. Then they topped them off with some fun glitter paint. Pretty snazzy! Hmmm... I think I'll keep these in mind when Valentine's Day rolls around.
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