Salt Dough Ornaments

In my quest for fun activities to do with my 3 year old, a friend reminded me of the fun and simplicity of making salt dough ornaments for the Christmas tree.

Following the recipe she found on Momtastic, I measured out all (three!) of the ingredients and then I basically just supervised while my son did all the work.

Smelling the dough took me straight back to the 5 year old me. How perfectly I remember cutting out those ornaments, desperately wanting to take a bite to see if they tasted the way they looked…

I had no idea the dough was so easy to make.

Just take 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup water, and 1 cup of flour and mix it together! We just used a wooden spoon- no electric mixing required here.

Then we kneaded it for 5 minutes or so, and it was ready to roll out!

I rolled it into a thin layer on parchment paper so I wouldn’t have to try to move the delicate dough to a cookie tray.

My son cut out lots of fun shapes, and we also did imprints of trains and blocks.

My favorite are the hand prints.

We punched a hole in the top with a straw (easily his favorite part, as evidenced by the many hole-y ornaments he made).

Then we popped them all into a 200 degree oven for 4 hours.

When they were done, he painted some, stamped some, and some he left plain. He was very specific about which ornament would be given to which grandparent/aunt/friend/etc. and which ones we would keep.

Then we threaded some yarn through the holes and hung them on our Christmas tree!

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