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An easy baking activity to do this time of year is salt dough ornaments. We invited the children to help us make and bake these today. The recipe is easy and you can make more at home! All you need is 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, and 3/4 cup of water. Knead the dough and add small amounts of water and flour at a time until a smooth, easy to use consistency is reached. It should not be too dry or too sticky.
Once we had created an easy-to-use batch of dough, we invited the children to make ornaments using an assortment of Christmas shaped cookie cutters.
It was wonderful for us to see the children helping each other!
Some children demonstrated leadership by taking over the center and running it for us - handing out the dough, helping to roll and cut the ornaments, and writing the names of children next to their ornaments so they didn't get mixed up while baking.
The ornaments baked for 2 hours at 250 degrees. Once they had cooled, the children painted them with holiday colours of acrylic paint. We added some sparkles too!