Create some beautiful homemade fossils and nature print keepsakes using shells and easy homemade salt dough!
If you read this blog often you will already know how much we love salt dough and use it often for capturing baby handprints and child footprints for display on the wall! It is ridiculously cheap and easy to make, is extremely versatile and, if done right, can last years on display!
- 1 cup plain (all purpose) flour (NOT self-raising!)
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup warm water
Once they had kneaded the dough we rolled small amounts into balls, then flattened them with the palm of the hand. Then they pushed shells with patterned ridges into the top of the discs and carefully pulled them out the reveal the imprint left in the dough. So pretty and delicate!
- physical development: strengthening small hand muscles by kneading, rolling, forming, squishing, flattening dough, hand-eye coordination
- maths: recognising and matching numerals, understanding the concept of ordinal numbers (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd) and their practical relevance, recognising and naming 2D shapes
- knowledge & understanding of the world: history and explanation of the Olympic games, exploring change of materials from dry (ingredients) to stretchy (dough) to hard (finished models)
- creativity: combining media, working in 3D, creating relief prints
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