We made some salt dough medals with number imprints ready to celebrate the Olympics which are being held in our home city of London this year!
Salt Dough Recipe:
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup plain (all purpose) flour
- 3/4 cup water
Simply combine the flour and salt in a bowl, then add the water gradually. Knead the mixture until it becomes a dough-like consistency. It will feel very grainy because of the high salt content, but that’s fine. If still too sticky add a touch more flour, if it won’t hold together well then more water, a teaspoon at a time.
We squeezed some glitter confetti into our dough to make it sparkly, just for fun! (You can buy these in tubes from Early Learning Centre.)
Once we had made our dough, Cakie rolled it out until it was 1-2cm thick. We found an octagon cutter to cut out three medal shapes. Then we pushed a straw into each one to create a hole for threading the ribbon through later.
We found our wooden numbers (same as the wooden letters we used in this play dough letter impression post) and Cakie identified the numbers 1, 2 and 3. She pushed them into the medals to create an impression in the dough.
We talked about 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and what that means in relation to the Olympic races and contests. I explained how 1st place earns a gold, 2nd a silver and 3rd a bronze and which she would prefer to win?
When they were finished we put them on a piece of baking parchment on a baking tray, and dried them in the oven for 2 hours with the oven on a very low temperature (around 100 degrees C or roughly 210 F.) They needed to be turned over once during the “cooking”.
The next day they painted them gold, silvery pink (!) and bronze with acrylic paints. To make bronze we experimented by adding primary blue to the gold in tiny amounts, until it looked about right.
Then we threaded them with red ribbon and they are ready to wear! A little bit closer to the real events we are going to be having our own mini-Olympics, and these will be perfect to add to the fun!
- 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
Cakie: 3 years 7 months
Pop: 2 years 1 month
Bean: 9 weeks
maggy, red ted art says
Oooh they look LOVELY!!! Love the little stars in the dough, makes it all the more fun to craft with!
Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says
Very cool! Great idea. We were just watching olympic swimming on You Tube because C is obsessed with swimming.
School Sparks Renee says
Wow, these look fantastic. What a great idea to use the wooden numbers for imprinting. Thanks for sharing, Renee
Oh good timing. We are going to have a sports theme bday party and these medals are perfect!
Thank you 🙂
They are great. My 4 year old will want to come second to get that gorgeous silvery pink one.
Angelique Felix says
Totally love them!
Will do also with my little ones, thanks again for the inspiration.
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
Awesome idea! Pinned it 🙂
What a cute idea! I bet the kids would just love “earning” these! Pinning for future reference! 🙂
Oh they’re great!! Just wondering- where did you get those great wooden numbers from? Also- any ideas about which crafts may be suitable for my 3 year old daughter who is autistic? Thank you- you’re an inspiration!! Katie webb
Partycraft Secrets says
this is fantastic! I shared the link on my facebook page – hope you don’t mind. x
We just made some at our house for our Olympic Party we are throwing next week. Fun idea.
Very cool! How many medals did this recipe make?
Elizabeth and David says
Looks like fun! Going to try and do this with my 2 year old this week. Just found your blog and enjoying all of your wonderful ideas for little ones! Thanks for sharing!
Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) says
I LOVE these! They look so beautiful and would be so much fun to make! Thanks for sharing such a simple, fun craft! I featured this at TGIF this week – http://www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/08/tgif-linky-party-41.html – Feel free to come link up at TGIF today and have a GREAT weekend!
Leapfrog and Ladybugs says
These are awesome…and so easy! I am definitely going to make them with my little ones this weekend… We are planning a little “Family Olympics” for Sunday… I love your ideas and am your newest follower… http://www.leapfrogandladybugs.blogspot.com