Crafts with salt dough are much more than a simple activity for children to entertain themselves at home, they also provide them with many advantages from a physical and cognitive point of view. It is an excellent exercise to develop fine motor skills and pincer grip, while improving concentration and training patience. It also stimulates creativity and imagination, contributes to promoting problem solving and strengthens children’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
To this is added that salt paste is a simpler and cheaper alternative to traditional clay or molding clay and that it can also be prepared at home. In Infant Stage, we explain step by step how to make a salt paste that children can use to give life to any figure they can think of.
Materials and accessories that you will need to make salt paste
- 3 measures of flour
- 1 measure of salt
- 1 measure of water
- Food coloring or temperas, optional
- Plastic bag or cling film
- Measuring container
- Mixing bowl
- Wood plank
- Mixing spoon, although you can also work with your hands
Note: It is worth clarifying that the measurements may vary depending on the amount of salt paste you want to prepare. However, in any case you must keep its proportions. For example, if you use three glasses of flour, add a glass of salt and another of water. If you prefer to work with measurements per grams, for 300 grams of flour add 100 grams of salt and 100 ml of water.
Prepare the salt paste, step by step
- In a bowl, mix the flour with the salt and food coloring. Ideally, you should use food coloring to avoid possible poisoning.
- Little by little, add the water to the mixture and knead in a wrapping motion until the dough does not stick to the sides of the container. Be careful not to add too much water as the dough could become very sticky and difficult to work with.
- On the wooden board, spread a little flour and place the dough. Work the dough for at least 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a plastic bag and let it sit for about an hour to get the right consistency.
- After this time, the dough will be ready for the children to shape their favorite shapes.
Once ready, the salt paste can be kept for several days in the fridge. It is recommended to keep it wrapped in a plastic bag or transparent film to prevent it from drying out. To use it, it is suggested to remove only the approximate amount to be used a little before.
aste salt works like clay or mud molding. Thanks to its great elasticity and malleability, children can use salt paste to shape any figure they want to represent, they just need to let their imagination run wild to create the most impressive designs they have ever made with their own hands.
Once the children finish their salt paste figures, it is recommended to bake them at 100º until they are very hard. They can also be left to air dry, but this process can take up to 15 hours and if there is too much humidity it is likely that they will not dry completely.
It is worth clarifying that a peculiarity that distinguishes this material from other similar ones is that the salt paste can be painted, so that when the little ones finish creating their designs and they have dried, they can color them so that they appear much more realistic. Also, unlike clay figures, dried salt dough designs tend to keep for much longer without losing shape or color, making them an excellent gift option.