Carter is 3 years, 3 months old.
You will need:
4 c Flour
1 c Salt
1 ½ c warm water
Varnish (adult use ONLY)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Mix flour and salt well. Gradually add water, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands. Knead until soft and pliable.
4. Roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets. With a straw make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading string. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) until hard, about 1 hour.
(Read some Christmas stories together while you wait!)
5. Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve.
Conclusion: This was a material heavy activity. Though we picked up all we needed for around $5, so it’s still frugal. A few tips about the dough – the dough is really stout. Rolling it out definitely takes an adult with some muscle. Make sure you flip them half way through baking so that they don’t turn up on the edges. Also, if they start to puff up, back off of the heat and cook for a little longer. Let them cool and dry COMPLETELY before painting. I thought mine were, but after I varnished them they were a little pliable, but still not breakable.
We bought some really pretty metallic red and green paints, but I was a little disappointed in the “red”. You’ll notice they turned out very pink. Some of the grandparents may raise an eyebrow at getting a pink ornament from their grandson. This process took an entire day and a lot of my really good flour (note to self: use the cheap stuff next time), so we will NOT be redoing them before our trip to the nursing homes.
Have you tried this activity? What other things are you making with your child for the holidays? I would love for you to share a comment or a link below.
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