Fun-fillers for Christmas Kids…. day 2

OK, so hopefully the birds are all happy with their fat balls from yesterday. So, what to do with the little folk today? Well, if like me you’re snowed in, you’ll be looking for things to keep them occupied, so here’s a great, easy thing to keep them happy for…well, potentially, hours!

salt dough type

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Salt Dough Decorations


All you need for this is 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of flour! That’s it! Ok, have some oil to hand in case the mixture dries out, a cocktail stick and some cookie cutters maybe…. but you can improvise on this one with cups/saucers etc.

Slowly add the ingredients together and knead it for a good 10 minutes.

When it’s nicely pliable, pop it in a bowl and into the microwave for 2-3 minutes and that’s it! You’re ready to roll out your dough and start making shapes.  If you’ve got any gingerbread cutters, these are great, or stars – nice if you layer them up to make a lovely tree decoration.  Just make a hole using the cocktail stick and thread through some ribbon or twine, get the paints, felt pens out to colour them in and there you have it!  Experiment with shapes and ideas – circles to make snowmen, make holly leaves – they don’t have to be precise! Or if you have them, cut letters out to spell out names or festive messages.


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  • Morag

    And once these shapes dry out, can they be attached to the tree as decorations? Would they need varnishing or anything? That would be cool.

  • Mary

    I guess that’s where the improvising comes in Morag, but I’d say yes, thread some nice ribbon through the hole made by the cocktail stick and hang them on the tree or anywhere you like! Varnish is a nice idea, or if you’ve got them glitter pens for a bit of sparkle…. the possibilities are endless :)

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