The rainy season is upon us, and so it’s time to start searching the Internet for fun crafts to do with the kids when we’re stuck indoors. We did this fun salt dough handprint craft when Claire was much younger, but I wanted to do it again so we could get handprints for Heidi as well. Salt dough is a lot like play dough, but it’s a bit firmer and drier. We used this recipe from The Imagination Tree, and it worked great!
– 1/2 cup of warm water
– 1 cup of salt
– 1 cup of flour
Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl. I let Claire do this part – she really loves stirring an kneading things. We realized our dough was a bit to wet and sticky, so we added a bit more flour. You want the dough to be stretchy and firm enough to hold a print when pressed. We decided to add a bit of blue food coloring, which wasn’t necessary in the end ( you’ll see why).
Once the dough was ready, we wrapped it in cling film to wait for Heidi to wake from her nap. We invite Claire’s friend Nora over to make prints as well. The girls all really enjoyed rolling the dough into balls with their hands, and flattening them out with the rolling pin.
Each girl made a handprint, and we had just enough dough left to make a footprint for Heidi as well. We put all the prints onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and popped them in the oven at 100*C for 3 hours. The idea is not to actually “bake” the dough, but to give it a chance to really dry out and harden. In our case, the dough did kind of bake. The prints got a bit brown, and the dough even rose a bit and puffed out. No worries – Claire was very excited to paint her prints anyway!
We made our first set of salt dough prints with Claire nearly 3 years ago, and they’re still in really good shape. So, while these things will likely not stand the test of time like the Matbronze handprint keepsakes, they’re a fun craft and they make a great gift for grandparents! Enjoy!