SALT DOUGH: THE RECIPE TO MAKE IT

Italian version

Dearest hiamoms, here we are again talking about modeling paste for our children. Today I wanna tell you about salt dough and the recipe to make it. This type of malleable paste is totally non-toxic and easy to make, not to mention the fact the recipe is completely green.

Salt dough

We already know how important modeling dough is for our children’s manual skills’ development.  Salt dough… Have you ever heard about that? Then keep reading… you’ll love it!

Further, kids learn while playing and they’re having fun at the same time! To get more information on modeling dough benefits, go read this post.

Moreover, as you can see, all the modeling dough I presented you are non-toxic and green: we love our children and we want them to play safely with materials that are totally suitable for them.

In addition, the ingredients to make salt dough are cheap and always at hand in our kitchens. Therefore, dear moms lace up your apron and let’s see what you need to make the salt dough for your kids to play with.

Ingredients*:

*you can halve the doses or double them

  • 2 cups of salt up

  • 4 cups of flour

  • 2 cups of warm water

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (optional)

You can also add, as you like, food coloring to color your salt dough or even a few drops of essential oil to make it fragrant.

To make it more delicious, however, add cocoa powder, but be careful not to let your little champions eat salt dough.

Because, despite the delicious smell of chocolate, the taste of all that salt will not make the morsel delicious itself in spite of its good smell! ^ – ^

Method:

Put the salt and flour in a bowl and then add the water. If you use a liquid dye, add it to the water before pouring it into the mixture.

Mix by hand or with a Thermomix until your salt dough is soft and compact. The food processor will help you to obtain a more homogeneous mixture.

Warning: if the dough sticks to the fingers, add a little flour; if, on the other hand, it is too friable, add water.

Storage: if you do not use salt dough immediately after preparing it, you can wrap it in the plastic wrap and place it in the fridge.

After use, wrap it in a cloth and put it in an ziplock bag. In both cases you can store it for a maximum of one week.

Here is a video tutorial that explains how to make salt dough step by step:

PREPARE THE SALT DOUGH WITH A THERMOMIX

If you use a Thermomix you will need slightly different doses and some more advice on the procedure to be followed. Well, let’s go find out all of them!

Ingredients:

  • 350 gr of flour

  • 200 ml of water

  • 350 gr of salt up

Method:

First pour the salt into the food processor and grind it using speed 8 for about 20 seconds. In this way you will obtain a very fine salt, almost a powder.

Add water, flour and dye. Keep kneading for about 2 minutes and you’re done! Your soft and super-malleable salt dough is ready to use.

HOW TO DRY THE SALT DOUGH

Nicest thing about salt dough is you can also cook it.

After your children have made their creation, let it rest in a dry environment for 12 to 48 hours.

Then bake between 167° F and 230° F (depending on the size of the object) for about 2 hours. Or let it dry in the open air or on the radiator.

In this case the times are longer and your salt dough will be completely dry after about 3 days.

COLOR THE DRY SALT DOUGH

If you have not colored the salt dough in preparation, the children can paint it with watercolors or tempera colors once it has dried.

In this way they will keep the little object they created, which will become a beautiful memory of the time spent with their mom or with their little friends!

In order to preserve the salt paste object for a longer time, you can apply a coat of transparent and bright fixative paint suitable for children to preserve the creation from the formation of the flour butterflies.

Well, we have come to the end of this other adventure to discover the fantastic world of modeling dough for children, completely natural, non-toxic and green.

See you next time.

Hugs and kisses,

Arianna

MOLDABLE DOUGH DIY: THE IMPORTANCE OF MANIPULATION

Italian version

WHY CHILDREN ARE SO ATTRACTED BY MOLDABLE DOUGH?

Dear Hiamoms, surely you’ve noticed that manipulation of moldable dough such as play dough, salt dough, etc., is a creative game our children love to go crazy. Even when they are very little. Especially if they’re moldable dough DIY, meaning they’re safe and suitable for our kids.

In fact, through manipulation, the child explores, experiments and discovers the materials’ characteristics with his own hands.

Moldable dough’s manipulation activity develops his creativity and dexterity. It also favors oculo-manual coordination and stimulates cognitive abilities. The hands move and shape the material… transforming it. What a marvel and what a pleasant sensation!

moldable dough

The child discovers he can shape reality and leave an imprint on it: the expression of himself.

Manipulation offers our children the opportunity to experiencing the surrounding environment. It also offers the possibility to observe changes themselves.

“Manual work with a practical purpose helps to acquire an inner discipline.”

Maria Montessori

Thanks to this activity with moldable dough they learn about the properties of things, making direct experience of them.

Weight, consistency, volume, smell, color, taste, noise, resistance, malleability. All these features are perceived not only through their hands (touch), but with all their other senses.

IDEA FOR AN AFTERNOON WITH THE LITTLE FRIENDS

How many times do your children ask you to go to a friend’s house or invite him over? Leonardo asks me almost every day :D! If you have an only child, like me, it is good to let him spend an afternoon with a friend. Or more than one, occasionally.

Why not provide them a fun activity afternoon with modeling dough? An ideal group consists of 5/6 children. You could prepare more than one kind of modeling dough. It will be fun to watch them interact and create.

Pay attention dear moms, I used the term “observe” with a specific purpose.

In fact, the task of us adults is to let our children free to play spontaneously. I understand very well that the temptation to suggest them what to model or how to do it is very strong. But bite your lips and step aside. Let them experiment on their own, because that is how they will learn.

moldable dough

So, try not to interfere and not to intervene unless they are doing something dangerous. Or when chaos is about to take over ^ – ^! Do not be the obstacle between him and their experience… it is the greatest gift you can make.

HINT:
Manipulation of soft moldable dough relaxes and concentrates our little ones. Therefore you can propose this activity after an eventful game or following a moment of frustration or anger. In fact, moldable dough manipulation allows them to regain their serenity after a moment of agitation or a whim.

7 RECIPES FOR MOLDABLE DOUGH DIY

Let’s come to us and our recipes for modeling dough. Today I present 7. Each has different ingredients and is suitable for various ages.

Choose the one you prefer to create and experiment with your child. That’s a nice way to spend a delightful afternoon of fun and dexterity ^ – ^

READ CAREFULLY:
Before starting with our recipes I would like to remind you to pay attention during the preparation of modeling pastes. Make sure they can be effectively used by your children, based on their age. Remember, moreover, to supervise your children during the activities proposed.

And now let’s start this journey through the discovery of the different DIY modeling dough. Let’s propose our children a fun and educational game at the same time.

The children will dive without hesitation in this wonderful discovery and experimentation. Indeed the moldable dough will unleash the wings of their imagination.

  1. SALT DOUGH
  2. PLAY DOUGH
  3. MARSHMALLOW DOUGH
  4. NUTELLA DOUGH (coming soon)
  5. SLIME
  6. TOOTHPASTE DOUGH (coming soon)
  7. CONDITIONING DOUGH (coming soon)

A hug to all of you my dearest Hiamoms and see you soon,

Arianna