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Measure dry ingredients, with help of the children, and mix them in a bowl. Slowly add water until a manageable dough is created. Let children create anything they want.
Optional:  Food colouring can be added to the dough. Children can use cookie cutters with the salt dough. Once creations are dry (2 to 3 days), children can use tempera paint to add colour. 

Questions You May Ask 

⚙What will happen when we add water to the salt and flour? 

⚙What happened when we added water? 
⚙What would happen if we add more water to the dough?                       

⚙How can we make a [circle, banana, shoe, etc.] with salt dough?

⚙What else can we use the salt dough for?

Related Children's Books

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⚙ 2 years and up 

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ Any time of year

⚙ Indoors 


 Per child:


⚙Mixing bowl and measuring cups

⚙1 cup of flour

⚙1/3 cup of salt


Optional Materials 

​⚙ Cookie cutters

⚙Tempera paint and paintbrushes

⚙Food colouring                                  


⚙ Supervise children at all times 
⚙Check for allergies

Play-based Context

A preschool educator noticed how much children enjoyed playdough and invited them to make salt dough.

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