Salt Playdough Christmas Onaments

With Christmas coming up and the weather getting colder, I was looking online for fun activities for toddlers to do at home when I stumbled upon the idea of salt playdough. As it’s Christmas, I thought it’d be fun to make some Christmas Ornaments for our tree and to send to friends, from S.

How do you make salt playdough?

1 cup flour
1 cup salt
Water

Mix the flour and salt and slowly start adding the water while mixing the powder, until it starts to reach dough like consistency. When it is soft to the touch but not sticky, it’s ready.

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You could add food colouring to your mixture and glitter but as I had various colours of paint and glitter gel paint, I decided to just mix the glitter into the paint when we were ready to paint the ornaments. I went out and bought cookie cutters but of course depending on the occasion, you can use any shapes.

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Roll the dough out so it’s about 1/2 an inch thick and then cut out the shapes. Using a straw, make a hole at the top of the shape. Place the shapes onto baking paper and bake in a 110 degree oven for 2-3 hours. The ornaments need to dry completely. If they are quite thick then turn them over half way through.

Once they are dry, leave them to cool overnight and then the next day you can get down to painting and decorating them. To personalise them, you can carve your child’s initials into the back or put the year they were made, as a memory.

Although I had fun making these with S, he was a little young for it. He helped me knead the dough and then in usual S fashion, as he loves getting dirty, he body surfed through the flour!! He did enjoy painting them though, I just had to “touch them up a bit” for him.

This is a real fun way to bond with your child while keeping them entertained and a little bit of mess never hurt anyone.

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Ta-dah! Our finished ornament. Using thick thread or even thin ribbon, string the ornaments when they are dry and they’re ready to hang on your tree.

What do you do to keep your toddler busy on cold and wet days?

Deen City Farm and Riding School

Looking for something different to do with your kids in London? Visit Deen City Farm and Riding School. Before we left for Nigeria a few weeks ago, we visited Deen City Farm. There are many ways to get there. Depending on where you live, I think the easiest would be by tube. We drove there and because of Saturday traffic through London, it took us 90 minutes each way!! On the Northern Line, it is a few minutes walk from either Colliers Wood or South Wimbeldon.

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Deen City Farm is a community project and entrance is free but donating to their cause will help them keep it running. We visited on a Saturday and they had various stalls set up ranging from people selling jams and cupcakes to demonstrations on how to carve out wood. They also sell their locally grown produce and you can find out about their local veg box scheme.

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At the entrance they had a box of different coloured chalk and the kids could just go at it and draw/colour what they liked on the tarmac. At the back they have a café, stables and fields for the animals. We saw horses, lamb, goats, pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits (that looked like Thumper!) and cows. They also grow their own vegetables. It’s a great way to show kids where their food comes from and get them involved in more outdoor projects as they grow up. They have volunteer opportunities, work experience opportunities and holiday programmes.

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He’s a tad young now but I think when he’s older I’ll be sending S to riding school here! I was quite impressed with the community spirit. They had volunteers from what I can only assume is a nearby special needs school and it was refreshing to see everyone being treated equally.

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If you get a chance to visit I highly recommend it, it’s well worth it and will give your children lots to talk about on the drive/tube/bus home!

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