Like much of the country, we too have a snow day today.  It’s bitterly cold and the snow is flying around.  I wish I could say it looks like a winter wonderland, but the shine has worn off, now it just looks gray and cold.  When we had our last snow days, about 3 weeks ago, I knew by day two we were going to need a project.  It was going to be too cold for sledding and cabin fever was setting in.  We hadn’t done a crafty project for awhile so I decided to mix up some salt dough to make cut-out hearts for Valentine’s Day.  If you aren’t familiar with salt dough it’s kind of like play-doh, but  you can save the kids’ creations by baking them.  

I didn’t photograph the rolling, cutting, baking process because…well…it was a little messy and I was having so much fun that I just plain forgot.

Salt Dough Recipe

1/2 cup salt

1 cup flour

1/2 cup wate

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Mix together, salt, flour, and water until dough is formed.

Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour and continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour as this will dry out the dough and cause it to crack before it’s baked.

Roll out the dough to about ¼” thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.

Use different sized heart-shaped cookie cutters to create as many pieces as you like.

Place all hearts onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.

Bake for 2 hours.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Pretty easy, huh?

I did manage to bring out the camera and get some picks of painting our little, baked hearts.  This part was not nearly as messy and something they wanted to do all on their own.  We had fun talking about how to mix colors, taking your time to do a good job and then checking out each others work.  After they were all dried we glued magnets on the back so now many of them now adorn our fridge and a few are tagged to be given as gifts.

Not a bad way to spend a snowy afternoon…

Alison

4 Responses to Homemade Hearts

  1. Tara says:

    I love the concentration on both Sam and Henry’s faces. Hope that you’ve got something planned for this snowy day.

  2. Michelle says:

    Salt dough is so fun. Also if you have any paper plates in the house we use those for ice skates on the carpet. So much fun to have races , another fun thing to do is blow up a balloon for each boy tie a string to the balloon then to their ankle leaving enough string that the balloon can move around then they have to try and pop each others balloon. Not as easy as they think.(No Shoes) Enjoy the day and stay warm!

  3. bentley says:

    If it snows again here tomorrow, this is our activity for the day. thank you!

  4. georgia says:

    sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon!

    just wanted to stop by with a final p.w. message…

    “just wanted to stop and say hello… i’m going through all the profiles of those who commented on my picture winter photos, and looking to see if they have blogs or flickr accounts {and if not, then sending an e-mail}… so that i can A) say thank you for the comments and feedback you gave me, and B) let them know i would love to stay in touch… especially to those who expressed interest in keeping up to date on what is happening with my pregnancy. since i can not remember all who asked, i thought i would just go through each profile and send a message. =)

    i’ll be updating my blog periodically with baby news… just in case you are interested:
    itsjusthowiseethings.blogspot.com/

    thanks again for all your comments on p.w.! it was an inspiration to meet you and see your work! i hope to see more of it even though the class is over.”

    wishing you all the best, alibeth!

    xo
    ~georgia

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