Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Salt Dough Beads

Big Seed is really into his beads so we decided to make our own:

Here is the necklace he made me.

What was important for me was to let him make lots of mistakes,
so he could really learn from this activity.
By this I mean, let him make beads that are too big and too small,
holes that do not work, etc.

Here is the recipe I used:

1 cup of salt
1 1/4 cup of water ( although I did need to add extra)
3 cups of plain flour

( bake at 200 F )

I showed him how to make balls and discs, then I let him get on with it.
He used the end of a big paintbrush to make the holes.

We baked them and when cooled he brushed them with poster paint...
until he had a better idea!

He painted his hand and then rotated the beads in his hand!

Of course just dunking them in the paint pot is easiest of all!
I wiped his hands in-between colours.

Here is his rainbow collection.
We didn't varnish them.

I made him a salt dough bowl for those he couldn't thread.
He sells them in his toy shop. How can I resist buying those?

Here he is proudly wearing his beads strung with rainbow wool.
Needless to say we all have a necklace.

He turned my art washcloth into a work of art too!


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  1. Wow. Nearly every blog I read has been (or is currently being) given CSN promos and things. They're taking over the world! (:

    My oldest always turns salt dough/clay/playdoh into claws and monsters. I'm not sure he's ever made anything as benign as beads - wish he would though!

  2. love the salt dough--- we've never tried it, so maybe it's time!

  3. Found you through Olive and Pickles. You have a great blog!

  4. That looks like so much fun! We'll be trying this one.

  5. great fun .. happy weekend xx

  6. a great idea! something to def be proud of:) ::hugs and warm wishes::

  7. Can't wait to do with with my class, thanks!


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