Salt Dough Hand-print Bowls


It’s been pouring in San Antonio for what feels like weeks, and I freakin’ love it! My toddler, not so much. So, here is a quick DIY (completely toddler assisted) project to keep stir crazy from setting in.

I found the recipe on Pinterest, where else, am I right? So, I’m giving a shout out to In The Playroom for this great idea! Her kids made some cool crafts, too, and you should check out her page!

Keep little hands busyWhat you’ll need for the dough:

  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Parchment paper
    • Optional: cookies cutters, rolling pin, play-doh tools

What you’ll need for the painting:

  • Paints of your choice
  • Paintbrushes
  • Bowls you don’t mind getting stained
  • Water

First thing, grab your assistant, throw on their apron (our is from Ikea and it’s the bomb), and get them involved. I had Logan measure EVERYTHING. We’re working on counting, and this was a great way to incorporate it. Plus, it teaches patience since you go a little water at a time. So, add 1/2 cup of salt to your mixing bowl. Next, add the cup of flour. Mix together thoroughly. Then begin adding your water. DO NOT POUR THE WHOLE AMOUNT INTO YOUR BOWL! I say this because my son got quite enthusiastic and we ended up having to add more flour and salt. You’ve been warned.

When the dough pulls away from the sides in one big ball and isn’t sticky, it’s ready for creating! Roll it out using your rolling pin, make shapes, use cookie cutters, let your kiddos go crazy and use it like play-doh!

“Don't worry about a thing,every little

Once you have the design you want to keep, we chose a hand-print bowl, microwave your dough for 10 seconds at a time until it gets hard. One of the bowls took 40 seconds and the other closer to 60.

Let it cool off and then you’re ready to paint!

My plan for the painting process was to try to make his hand-print stand out. His plan for painting went something like this: stuck his fingers into the paint and tasted it–we use vegan food paint, so no big deal there–grab paint brushes and mix up the colors. I actually cringed when he did it, but I didn’t stop him. Another win for self-control when I am a neat and orderly mom who hates murky colors. And of course he painted the bowls, the table, himself, and anything else he could get to. He loved it and I had a blast watching himself enjoy his first big solo craft. One bowl is significantly prettier than the other, but my husband and I love both!

Once we were all done, I set the bowls aside to dry. Later,  I went back and put them in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time again. I’m sure it’s an unnecessary step as I was just being impatient, but they did dry up pretty quickly and it didn’t damage them. So, just FYI, you can do this if you’d like!

One of the best parts of the salt dough activity is that it’s great bonding time for you and your littles. There is no pressure to create a masterpiece. Our end result is proof of that. Just enjoy each others company and have fun!


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