Kids love to play with all types of dough. Use this easy salt dough recipe below to make these fun and colorful salt dough beads! Great for a hands-on craft activity for kids of all ages that uses simple and inexpensive supplies. Thread your beads together to make your own unique salt dough jewellery!

HOW TO MAKE SALT DOUGH BEADS

HOW TO MAKE SALT DOUGH

The art of the salt dough making is an ancient one, dating back to Egyptian times. In Europe, mainly Germany, this craft became very popular. The art was used widely in home decoration, especially at festive times, much like today.

To make salt dough, flour and water is mixed with salt as a preservative and then the dough can be worked with kind of like clay. The dough is baked at a low temperature for long enough to remove all the moisture and harden the finished product.

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Some people use salt dough to make elaborate sculptures and creations, but most people use it for children’s crafts. The dough is easy to make, easy to work with, non-toxic, and can be made from things most people already have at home.

Make your own salt dough with our easy printable salt dough recipe below and then mold them into beads. Let’s get started!

WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?

Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!

Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively.

Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.

Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!

Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences.
In other words, it’s good for them!

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SALT DOUGH BEADS

SUPPLIES:

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Acrylic paint
  • Straw
  • Wax paper

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Mix flour, salt, and warm water into a soft dough.


STEP 2: Shape the dough to form the beads.


STEP 3: Use your straw to make holes in each bead.


STEP 4: Cook the beads for 10 min in a 200 degree oven on wax paper.


STEP 5: When the beads have cooled, paint them with acrylic paint and thread with string.

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