Earth Day Salt Dough 2018 Activity
Did you guys know that April 22nd is Earth Day? Not many people actually know when Earth Day is until they are on some sort of social media. I always knew Earth Day was April 22nd though never actually planned anything hands on with the children until this year. This year I am determined to do a lot of hands on projects with the two regardless of the age gap. So, what was our first project for Earth Day? Salt Dough globe hand prints! I got the idea from this blogger here. Though I decided to do ours differently. Where she adds a heart in the middle for a picture I added no heart nor even words. I didn’t need to double this recipe. For me this made two decent size circles for my 8 year old and 1 year old.
- 1 and 1/2 cup of flour
- 1 and 1/2 cup of salt
- 3 quarter cup of water
- Food Coloring green and blue
- Mixer (we used our kitchen aid)
- 2 bowls
- A little oil (for the top of the salt dough since it was really sticky)
- Parchment paper
- Cookie Sheet
- Sharpie Pen
Before starting make sure to set your oven to 200 F.
In a bowl (or mixer) combine the flour, salt and water. Mix until the mixture is dough like. Yes, the dough will be very sticky and that’s okay. Separate the salt dough into half and put them into two separate bowls. For the food coloring you can add 10-15 drops or slowly add the food coloring until it’s the color you like. We slowly added the food coloring while mixing to not over power the color. My son wanted to add the whole bottle of blue in. I decided to add both doughs back into mixing bowl and mixed until it blended. At first it was the perfect mixture and looked awesome. You could see the green more along with the blue. Where did the mixture go wrong? Well, trying to form it into a circle and not adding a bit of oil to my hands. Whoops. Make sure to add oil to your hands or divide the mixture into half onto the cookie sheet with parchment paper, adding a bit of oil onto the dough mixtures and grabbing another sheet of parchment paper on top of the doughs. Shape the dough into the best circle you can get. Do not try to do your child hand print with the top parchment paper on top. We try this, and it didn’t come out as great and in result we had to reform the shape again. Once you’re done shaping you are done shaping the globe take the top parchment paper off and apply your child’s hand to the dough (if it doesn’t look oily apply just a tiny bit more so the dough doesn’t stick to your child hand).
Put them in the oven for 3 hours.
My 8 year olds hand
My 1 year olds hand
I love how you can see the salt and it gives it this glitter effect. It’s like finding a rock. I even love how the colors became this green/blue mixture. You can write your child’s name on the front with their age or year. I haven’t done this yet since yesterday the salt doughs needed to cool down.
My thoughts on this activity? It’s great to do with children 3 years old and up. I see salt doughs becoming our future activates.
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