Fall Scented Salt Dough Bouquets
Who doesn't love homemade playdoh? I know I certainly do, but sometimes I just don't have time to cook and spend the time creating the dough. Let me introduce you to my top-secret recipe that requires ZERO cooking, and that even your children can help make. Say hello to Salt Dough. Okay, so it's not top-secret, but it's a great recipe to always have on hand. Book mark this for the next time you have a bunch of kids coming over and you only have 5 minutes to prepare.
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1. 1 Cup All Purpose Flour (You can substitute with a gluten free flour like garbonzo or rice flour works well), +a little extra flour for rolling
2. 1 Cup Table Salt (Literally, use the cheapest one you can find)
3. Your Spice of Choice: Cinnamon, Cardamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cumin...(We used Cinnamon for this recipe)
4. Bowl or Recycled Yogurt Container to mix ingredients in
5. Spoon or large Popsicle Stick to stir ingredients
6. Natural Items to play with the dough: sticks, twigs, sprigs of herbs (we used Rosemary), Cinnamon Sticks, Leaves, small branches, or rocks. Get creative!
7. *Optional* Small flower pot (We had fun making fall bouquets in small flower pots like these
Step 1. Stir all of the dry ingredients together into your mixing container. As you can see, I first separated each dry ingredient into its own Dixie Cup. This was to make it easier for the children to pour the contents and retain the right balance of ingredients.
Step 2. Pour The water over the dry ingredients. It really wont work if you reverse this order. Order of operations- yay! And mix well to combine the dry and the wet ingredients. Keep mixing until the dough pulls away from the sides of the container.
Step 3. Add a little more flour if needed. At this point you may want to remove the dough from the container and continue to mix by hand. Add more flour as you go until the dough is soft and malleable, but no longer sticky.
Step 4. Bring out all the fun natural items and let your child have fun sticking and plucking and squishing all of the leaves, twigs, rocks, and stones into the dough. You can push the dough into the small flower pot and pretend it is dirt. Create a scented fall bouquet by pushing the natural items into the dough. Arrange as you desire.
I love this dough for its accessibility and how easily it comes together. It's also a great dough to keep on hand for young children, as it only contains edible ingredients. Happy Fall everyone!