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!