The Life of Jennifer Dawn: Salt Dough Leaves: Sensory Dough Series

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Salt Dough Leaves: Sensory Dough Series

It's time for November's installment of the 12 Months of Sensory Dough series!  Each month 11 of my fellow bloggers and I are sharing our playtime adventures involving a different kind of dough. Last month we made Glowing Dough, and this month's theme is Salt Dough!
The kids and I used our salt dough for a fun, fall craft. Here's how...

Making the Salt Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
food coloring

Directions: Mix the flour, salt, water, and oil together in a bowl. Add a little more flour or water if needed until the dough reaches the desired consistency. Separate the dough into smaller bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl to create various fall colors. Let playtime begin!

Making the Leaves

salt dough
cookie cutters or pie crust cutters (leaf-shaped)
baking tray
parchment paper

Directions: Lay a piece of parchment paper onto a baking tray. Flatten out pieces of salt dough and use leaf-shaped cutters to begin making salt dough leaves. Lay the leaves onto the tray. Use a straw to punch a small hole into the top of each leaf. Bake the leaves at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours. Let them cool and harden overnight. Once they have cooled, you can tie twine through the hole of each to hang them. Use them to create a garland, napkin rings, or fall decor for a room. Be creative and have fun!

You can read more about the Sensory Dough Series here.
Meet the co-hosts:
Lemon Lime Adventures   /   Look!  We're Learning!   /   Glittering Muffins   /   Still Playing School   /   Little Bins for Little Hands   /   Natural Beach Living   /   The Eyes of a Boy   /   Powerful Mothering   /   Wildflower Ramblings   /   I Heart Crafty Things   /   Sugar Aunts

Do you have a salt dough recipe or activity that you would like to share? Join the fun and link up!

Next month: Scented Salt Dough

Happy creating!

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  1. These are beautiful, AND I already own those leave cut-outs! I love them for making my pies pretty, and I know my 3 year old will have a fun time using them for a craft. I've never seen a salt dough recipe with oil, what is the benefit of having oil in the recipe?

    1. Thank you so much! I love those leaf cut-outs too. They are great for so many purposes! I find that the oil gives the dough a better texture. It holds together better and isn't as crumbly. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Can I share this on my blog? Im compiling a list of Autumn crafts and activities for pre-schoolers!

  3. The colors are different, more subtle. Could you share what colors you used?


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