Category: Crafts

Make and Paint Salt Dough Models Craft Activity

Make and paint dough models
Salt dough models

My kids loved making and painting these salt dough models.

I thought this would be a major hassle to make, but actually it was really simple and a great way to spend a rainy day.

We only needed three basic ingredients and some cookie cutters. You just need to allow a bit of time for baking your creations before you can paint them.

My kids aged six and three enjoyed the whole process. We had fun making the dough, creating the models and painting them once they had been baked in the oven.

You can make ornaments, Christmas decorations, necklaces. The dough can be quite heavy if your dough is thick and chunky so if making Christmas tree decorations or necklaces you may want to roll the dough quite thin. Our dough models did expand a bit in the oven meaning they were a bit fatter once baked.

Salt Dough Recipe

1 quantity of plain flour; 1/2 quantity of table salt; 1/2 quantity of cold tap water

We used the following:

225g plain flour

113g table salt

100ml cold water

  1. Add salt and flour to a large bowl and mix together.
  2. Gradually stir in the water. Mix well to form a doughy consistency, not too wet.
  3. Place the doughy mix onto a board or tray (we used a plastic chopping board).
  4. Knead the dough with your hands until smooth and combined.
  5. Make your models/creations using the salt dough.
  6. Place the salt dough models onto a baking tray and place into the oven at 160C (fan assisted).
  7. Bake for about an hour. This may vary depending on the size and thickness of the models.
  8. Paint using acrylic paint or poster paint.

Salt Dough Models

We made a range of models using salt dough including fish, a Christmas tree, love hearts and gingerbread men.

You can be as creative as you like. For example, you could make letters, numbers, animals, flowers – whatever you fancy.

You can use biscuit cutters or simply mould the dough into whatever shapes you wish. If you want to make a hanging ornament or Christmas tree decoration, you can use a paperclip and stick the paperclip into the dough leaving a round hook exposed. To make a necklace or garland, you can use a skewer or a toothpick to puncture the dough and make a hole (prior to baking).

You could create a print of your child’s hand or footprint using salt dough.

Colouring Salt Dough

We painted our models after baking in the oven using normal poster paints. You can also use acrylic paint. Some people suggest sealing your creations with PVA glue or another sealant, however we didn’t and ours turned out fine.

You can use colouring in the water when making the dough if you want to colour the whole batch of dough.

You could incorporate glitter into the dough if you want to add a bit of sparkle to the mix.

Storage of Salt Dough Models

Models should be kept in an airtight container to avoid getting moisture to them.


Colourful Doodle Drawings Easy Craft With Kids

picture of child colouring in a doodle picture
Easy craft colourful doodles

I love a pretty (but easy) craft and these colourful doodle pictures simply require some paper and some colouring pens.

My kids (aged 6 and 3) enjoyed doing this and I sat with them and joined in. It was a rare calm afternoon where we all switched off and enjoyed doodling.

I was surprised how long my kids sat and coloured at the table. My 3 year old simply scribbled all over the page, but she was happy to join in.

With the Summer holidays approaching, I find it really handy to have a bunch of ideas for sitting together and doing something. This was more fun than expected and the final doodles looked great.

How To Make Colourful Doodle Pictures

Draw squiggly lines all over a piece of paper. You can do as many or as few as you like. You can draw swirly patterns or any shapes you like. We used a black felt tip pen. Colour in the shapes that you have created.

My kids enjoyed doing this and are really proud of their colourful creations.

Paper Plate Animals Easy Craft for Kids

paper plate tiger craftEasy Craft Paper Plate Animals

Here’s an idea for an easy craft with kids to make paper plate animals. We made a tiger and a sheep, but there’s lots of ideas for different animals using a few simple materials.

We have spent quite a bit of time indoors lately with all the cold wet weather. This always means we find time for some simple crafts. We had a stack of paper plates so this is what we did.

My kids love to make things and paint things, especially when we’re stuck indoors. We recently had a bit of fun making animals with paper plates.


Simple Craft Materials

I am not generally one for expensive specialist materials and making animals out of paper plates requires very few. To make the tiger that my six year old made (with minimal help), you just need paper plates and colouring pens or paints and some googly eyes.

My two year old made a sheep using cotton wool. I applied plenty of PVA glue and she simply stuck lots of cotton wool all over the paper plate. She then stuck on some eyes and a bit of black paper for a nose and mouth.

Other Animal Ideas

There are loads of animals that you could make with just a few materials.

A rabbit would be easy if you made a couple of ears out of paper or card and added some eyes, whiskers and teeth.

You could make a panda if you cut out some circles from black paper or card and stuck them on the plate.

An owl would be simple with a couple of large circles for eyes and a triangular nose. You could decorate this with feathers and make wings and feet from extra bits of paper plates.

You can make seasonal paper plate crafts such as bunnies for Easter, pumpkins for Halloween or reindeer for Christmas.

Paper Plate Animal Masks

You can easily adapt these paper plate animals to make masks. You can simply cut eye holes in the plate and added a little elastic to fit around your child’s head.