Children and adults across the world often countdown days until the beginning of the holiday season, when school’s out and everyone can enjoy the excitement of the festivities. However, in between enjoying the joy of the season, parents among us are often tasked with finding a variety of activities to keep the little ones entertained. Because when the Christmas trees are put up and the stockings are hung, cookies are baked and gifts are wrapped, Home Alone sequel is watched and board games are exhausted, coming up with creative and meaningful 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 by sharing a few fun learning activities kids can do at home using everyday items you find around the house. The following activity is available for our community at funlearning.com where preschool teachers can access an array of carefully designed activities for their students.
This activity teaches kids to make salt dough creations while exploring the concepts of volume, time, temperature and viscosity. And don’t forget the pure pleasure of making the dough and playing with it, as well as mixing ingredients and working the dough which is the favourite part for many children.
Please make sure adult supervision is provided to the little elves at work throughout this activity. It’s fun to create together!
Fun Learning Dough Creations:
For this activity, 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)
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.
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.
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 and now your creations are ready to be hung and admired.
You can even substitute the salt dough for your favourite cookie recipe and decorate the baked cookie ornaments with edible sprinkles, food colouring, glitter, icing, etc. Get creative and bake creations related to the theme of Christmas to bring some true holiday spirit to an already super fun learning activity.