Make some salt dough leaf ornaments using Autumn spice scented salt dough and leaf cutters. A lovely activity for kids to make into decorations for Autumn and which smell lovely for ages!
We recently made this lovely Autumn Spice Salt Dough recipe to match the colours of some leaves we had collected (click link to read those full instructions.)
We set it out with rolling pins and leaf cutters to create some salt dough leaf ornaments to decorate the house.
They rolled and cut lots of different shaped leaves, using the three colours of salt dough and began to mix some of them together, which created beautiful results too.
We popped them onto a flat baking sheet and heated them in the oven for 3 hours at around 120 degrees Celcius (that’s approx 240 degrees F). I don’t have a fan oven so you could reduce this a little more if you do too.
The idea for salt dough to harden is that the oven dries it out, not cooks it. You need to keep the models thin (1 cm and under is best) and the oven on a warm but not hot temperature, so that they don’t rise.
If they are still doughy in the middle after the allotted time, simply turn them over and heat again for another hour or so.
Once dry and hard we threaded some embroidery silk through the holes and hung them on our little tree branch that we use for decorating. The leaves smell wonderful and each one is different!
What they are learning while they play:
creativity: using materials to create 3-D models, mixing colours
science: combining dry materials and turning them into something new, observing materials turn from soft to hard due to heat
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