Children and adults across the world often countdown days until the beginning of the holiday season. School is out and everyone can enjoy the excitement of the festivities. However, while enjoying the joy of the season, we need to find a variety of activities to keep the little ones entertained. First we put up the Christmas tree and hang the stockings. Then we bake cookies and wrap gifts. Of course we watch the Home Alone sequel and play all the board games. After all these are done and dusted, coming up with new ways to keep kids engaged can be a bit of a challenge. So this Christmas, we at Fun Academy decided to spread some extra cheer. Here is a fun learning activity kids can do at home using everyday items found around the house.
Dough creations for the holiday season
This activity is from the Fun Academy Teacher’s Manual. It is one of 1440 lessons available for preschool teachers who are part of the Fun Learning community. The activity teaches kids to make salt dough creations while exploring the concepts of volume, time, temperature and viscosity. Of course they also have fun making the dough and playing with it. Mixing ingredients and kneading the dough is something kids really enjoy.
Please make sure adult supervision is provided to the little elves at work throughout this activity. It’s fun to create together!
You will need
- 2 parts flour
- 1 part salt
- 1 part water (lukewarm)
- 1/10 parts Oil
- Mixing bowl
- Baking tray
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Jar of water (to clean the paint brushes)
- Toothpicks or skewer (optional)
- String (optional)
1. First mix the flour, salt, and water together in the bowl until it forms a doughy consistency. Allow the dough to rest until all the salt has melted. Mix the dough again and now it is ready to be moulded into a shape of your choice.
2. You can form shapes freehand, by pressing it into moulds or rolling out the dough and using cookie cutters to cut out shapes. You can also make a small hole at the top of your creation with a toothpick or a skewer if you wish to hang it later.
3. Now place the creations on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 1 hour at 350 degrees F, or until the dough has dried out and hardened. Baking time may vary depending on the thickness of your creations. After baking takes your creations out of the oven and allow them to cool before painting and decorating them to your liking. Once the paint has dried completely pass a piece of string through the little holes on top of each decoration. Now your creations are ready to be hung and admired.
You can even substitute the salt dough for your favorite cookie recipe. Decorate the baked cookie ornaments with edible sprinkles, food colouring, glitter, icing, etc. Get creative and bake creations related to the theme of Christmas. This way you can bring the cheer of the holiday season to an already super fun learning activity.
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