Emma made these lovely beads out of salt dough. We used 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of salt, and however much water it took to form a play dough-type consistency, then baked at 325 for maybe 20 minutes (larger objects would require more time). Then she painted them, mostly using a finger paint technique after deciding that she didn’t like the way the brushwork was turning out. So we finished off with a set of handprints to remember the day:
The handprints are significant, because I’m quite certain this is the first time my six-year-old has willingly put paint on her hands – in her life! It’s been an incredible journey to see her evolve from extra-cautious to throwing herself whole-heartedly into a project!
These little beads are surprisingly strong once baked, so they make great homemade necklaces, and are fun for kids to use for stringing practice as well!