My niece is in college getting her teaching degree, and she is a nanny this summer, so I have a new source of fun projects. Thanks for this Jenn!
She tries to do something fun with the children she takes care of everyday and she shared a couple of projects with me. Her first project was salt dough. And guess what, you don't NEED to cook with the salt dough.
I have not made this. She gave me her final creations as an example, but she said the kids had a good time.
You will need:
3 cups of flour
1 cup of water
1 cup of salt
2 teaspoons of oil
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. If the mixture is too dry, add water by the teaspoon until it reaches a nice consistency. Then allow the children to play. The dough can be wrapped in cellophane and saved in the fridge for two weeks.
After your child has made the creations, place them on a baking tray or cookie sheet. Bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
After they have cooled you may decorate with tempera paint, acrylic paint, or even markers. She has a paint listed that you add 1 part white glue to 2 parts paint. This will make it shiny and tough. You can also glue other objects such as sequins, buttons, glitter, pom poms, etc., to make a final fantastic creation.