How to make Salt Dough

Salt dough is a great activity that gets to be done in stages. I love an activity that gets to combine multiple skills and keeps children engaged in different steps. Salt Dough is great for making festive decorations or hand prints of baby’s hands.


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water



Step 1

Mix the salt in the water until it dissolves. Then add it slowly to the flour. This is a great activity to encourage children to learn practical skills in the kitchen and practice their circle marks while stirring,

Step 2

Mould and shape the dough. This can be used similarly to Play Dough. Great for building fine motor skills and creativity.

Step 3

Let it dry. Salt dough can be left to air dry, however if you don’t have the patience for that you can dry it in an oven at 120 C for approx hrs (Will depend on the thickness of your dough).

Step 4

Paint or decorate it. Poster paint, glitter, textas and paint sticks all work well. Some paints will make it a little soggy again, you’ll just need to let it dry a little longer if so.

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