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Easy Salt Dough Recipes Every Child Can Make

Here are a couple of salt dough recipes that you and your kids can prepare in no time with materials you have in your pantry or kitchen cupboard.

Use everyday household items like cookie cutters, garlic presses, pizza cutters, jar lids and rolling pins to create easy craft ornaments and sculptures.

Remember to store your salt dough in a plastic bag or airtight container when not in use. And here's a neat idea: add a drop of vanilla extract to your homemade play dough recipe...not only will it give the dough a nice smell, but it also helps keep mold away!

Basic Salt Dough Recipe


  • 1 cup of fine salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water (may add more)


  • In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour
  • Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water
  • Knead until smooth and shape into a ball
  • When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container

    HINT: To get a softer dough you can add more flour. Adding more salt will lend a more granulous affect. Use wallpaper glue and the dough with be more cohesive. To add color to your dough, use different types of flour or add food coloring or paint.
    Knead to get an even color.
    You may also paint your ornaments and sculptures after they dry.

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    What a great way to keep little hands and big imaginations busy!

    Salt Dough Recipe 2


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 -1/2 cups hot water (tap water)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (optional)


  • Combine the salt and flour in a mixing bowl
  • Gradually add the water until the dough becomes elastic
  • Add the vegetable oil

    If your dough is too sticky, add more flour....too crumbly....add more water.

    Once you've got your dough at a consistency you can work with, bring on the rolling pins, cups, bowls, straws, cookie cutters, plastic utensils, and let the fun begin!

    For colored dough, add food coloring, Kool-Aid, or paint into the water before adding it to the dry ingredients. Or you can paint your creations after they dry (either air dry or bake at 200 degrees F). Painted ornaments will need to be sealed with clear varnish.

    Store your salt dough in a sealed container in the refrigerator, but usually not more than a couple of days.

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