Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kids in the Kitchen

 Personally I LOVE to cook and Boo Bear seems to be following right along. Although he does lose interest after all the mechanical tools have been used so maybe he is like his dad and just likes power tools. ;-)

This recipe is not eatable but we had a great time making it and playing with it. We made salt dough for our fossil project when we were studying dinosaurs recently. He had a blast putting his dinosaurs in the dough to make foot prints and pretend fossils.

Here is a salt dough recipe to share with your little ones. It is very easy and can be loads of fun. We eventually painted the dough after it cooled and had awesome looking fossils. You could do this with their hand prints as well to save. (honestly not sure how long it will last BUT mine are still with us)

2 Cups of All purpose flour
1 Cup of Salt
1 Cup of Cold Water

In a large bowl, mix table salt and flour together. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water and mix to desired consistency. Knead the dough on a flat surface, adding a few more drops of water as needed (but not making it too moist).
Once the dough is made, you can divide it up into small portions to roll into 1/8" thick pieces with a rolling pin. Use cookie cutters to cut out a variety of shapes, and place the shapes on wax paper or other surface to dry. If you want to make hanging ornaments, pierce the dough through with a toothpick while it's wet.
Allow the shapes to dry for a day or two, turning them over periodically to speed up the drying process. You may need to re-pierce the hole several times during the drying process. After the shapes dry, you can use a fine grit sandpaper to gently smooth any rough edges.

We baked ours and you can do that if you don't want to wait. Bake at 200 until hardened. It depends on how thick your wonderful creations are.

I am linking up with Kelli over at Adventurez in Child Rearing. What did you cook up this week??