Friday, February 26, 2010

Boredom Buster

from the recipe box:

Salt dough...great for making beads and other shapes that dry hard.

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Paprika (optional for makimg "clay" color)

There's no school here today...blowing and drifting snow. Fortunately Emma brought home this recipe from school yesterday for making Indian Beads. Last night they made beads for painting/stringing in addition to all sorts of other funny shapes. (Even Lucy loved to play in the dough!) We baked them on a cookie sheet in a 250 degree oven for 1 hour to dry. (They could also be left to air-dry for several days...but who really wants to wait?!)
Today, we're going to be painting and stringing projects that keep on entertaining!


Bonnie said...

We used this recipe to make a crown of thorns for our table. After we made the dough we made three ropes which we braided and formed into a circle. Then we stuck toothpicks in for the thorns. As the kids do good deeds and make sacrifices, they get to pluck a thorn. Hopefully we'll have all the thorns plucked by Easter......

jamie said...

Thanks! great idea Bonnie...I'd not heard/thought of that one before, but perfect activity for lent.

Jackie said...

I've done the crown of thorns but with bread dough braided then baked. (Tough to not eat it the first day!) Also, if kids were really bad, they had to add a toothpick back in. It's really tough to say sorry to Jesus as you are adding to the crown.

Lisa said...

FYI this year we dipped the toothpicks in crisco before putting them in the salt dough. It has made them much easier to pull out.

Tess said...

what great ideas - I think I will use this for my freshman religion class