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Salt Dough recipe

One of our favourite festive past-times, in my sensory classroom, is to create and send home these uber cute Christmas tree decorations as gifts. They are super quick, easy and simple, yet last forever. Scroll down to see the full recipe.

Y O U  W I L L  N E E D

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • poster paint
  • measuring equipment and mixing bowl


  1. First combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. This is so fun to feel with your hands for our sensory learners. It feels really soft!
  2. Next add the water. Stir until the mixture is a play dough consistency. Add more water or flour at the point if needed.
  3. Sprinkle flour on your surface and knead with your hands until the dough makes a ball

4. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to a 1-2cm thickness. (We keep it quite thick so it is less fragile with little hands. Just remember the thicker the dough the longer it will need to dry out and harden)

5. Next use festive cutters to create your festive shapes. We used trees, stars and gingerbread men cutters. You can also be extra creative and make your own freehand creations. Keep rolling out the dough and re-cutting until all of the dough is used up.


6. Place your cut shapes of dough onto your non-stick baking tray. Make sure they are not touching each other.

7. Use a straw or pencil to make a hole all of the way through. Make sure the hole is not too close to the edge of your decorations.


8. Place your decorations in a pre-heated oven at 180c for 50 minutes. Keep checking on your dough as depending on the thickness they can burn from 30 minutes or can still be soft after 2 hours!! Don't worry if they do look a little crisp as you can cover this with paint later. You can also microwave your decorations on micro-safe plates for 2 minutes at a time until dry.


9. Once completely dry and hard leave to cool.

10. We used poster paint to decorate our salt-dough. Most paints and glitters will work, this is your chance to be creative!


11. Leave your painted decorations to dry. You can then add smaller details using a felt pen.


12. Reopen the hole using a skewer. (you may need to ask an adult to do this) Then pull the festive twine through the hole and knot together. 


And there you have it, the perfect gift for your sensory friends and family. Totally timeless.