- Develop creative-thinking skills, fine-motor skills, and sensory awareness
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring or tempera paint
- Mixing bowl
- Small plastic bowls
- Craft sticks or twigs
- Pipe cleaners, sequins, feathers, foil
- Clay tools, cookie cutters, rolling pins
Set Up and Prepare
Gather your ingredients for the salt dough recipe and the collage materials. You may need to double the recommended ingredients, depending on the number of children in your classroom.
Step 1: Invite the children to join you at the table to make salt dough. Explain that they will be mixing all the ingredients together to make a kind of molding clay
Step 2: Have children take turns combining each ingredient into a mixing bowl. Use descriptive language as you engage the children in this activity. Ask: What happens when you add water to flour? How do the different mixtures feel? Pass the bowl around the table so each child can take a turn kneading the salt dough mixture.
Step 3: Provide each child with a small plastic bowl. Place handful of salt dough in each bowl. For the children who want to color their dough, place a spoonful of washable tempera paint or a few drops of food coloring in their bowl and ask them to knead the color into their dough.
Step 4: Place a variety of collage materials and clay tools on the table for the children to use with their salt dough. Encourage them to mold their dough into different shapes and then decorate their creations. Ask: How can you use the cookie cutter? What can you do with the rolling pin? When the children have finished, place their sculptures on a piece of wax paper to dry. Then write their name onto a piece of masking tape and affix it to the bottom of their collage.
Remember: Remind children not to eat the salt dough and not to place collage materials in their mouths.
Make a book about the children's artwork. Take photographs of the children with the different types of art they have created, including their salt dough collages, easel paintings, or drawings. Place each photo on an individual sheet of paper and write the child's name below it. Make a cover and title for the book, bind it, and place it in your art area.