This last Saturday we finally got around to decorating our tree (such is life with three under four). We were unpacking our ornaments and I came across some salt dough hand print ornaments we made two years ago for Little Dude’s first Christmas. Such tiny little hands!
I love starting new traditions and Christmas is just the perfect time of year to do it. The fun things to do, make, and eat are nearly endless. As I looked at those tiny hand prints I decided salt dough ornaments would be a good Christmas tradition. Then this morning when Squeaks coughed out her desire to skip calendar time, I knew school wasn’t going to happen this week. All three kids are battling colds and school just doesn’t sound fun for anyone. Really who wants to do school the week before Christmas anyway?!
We’re still stuck at home though and sitting in front of the tv for the next few days while we kick this bug just ‘aint happenin’. That’s when I came up with the idea for Five Days Of Christmas Crafts! For the next five days we’ll do a Christmas craft every day! Something new and fun for everyone to look forward to and something to fill the hours between naps, snack, diaper changes, and recovering from this nasty cough.
So here’s day 1: Salt Dough Thumbprint Ornaments.
We used the classic salt dough recipe.
1 cup salt
1 cup water
2 cups flour
Salt dough couldn’t be easier to make. There’s really no way to mess it up. If it’s dry, add more water, and if it’s too sticky, add more flour, until it’s about the constancy of play dough. This is going to get messy, so prepare yourself, especially if you let the kids help mix and kneed the dough, which I highly recommend. It’s a great sensory activity. I sprinkled a little flour on my counter top so it wouldn’t stick and gave each kid a rolling pin. Squeaks chose a Christmas tree cookie cutter and Little Dude got a gingerbread man. Flash watched happily from his highchair. 🙂
The kids enjoyed using my big rolling pins to roll out the dough and then I helped them make thumbprint hearts on each ornament. Salt dough can air dry but we made our ornaments pretty thick which would mean a couple days of waiting. I opted to use the oven. Just bake at 170*F for two hours, flip them over, and bake for another two hours.
Next it’s just paint, add ribbon, and enjoy. I added a cute little stitching detail around each thumbprint heart with a red sharpie. Just don’t get impatient like I did and try to do it when the paint is still a little wet. Ha!
What fun Christmas crafts do you enjoy doing with your little ones?