Crafting with a one-year-old (Salt dough magnets)

Last week I was searching Pinterest for thank you ideas for our childcare provider. She started looking after Elijah when I went back to work for three days a week when he was 11 months old.

Through the crying transition time, crazy amounts of poopy diapers and teething this woman and her daughters loved on our son. It didn’t take long before Elijah was smiling when I brought him to the door and quite obviously enjoying his time there.

Unfortunately we had to make a change and Elijah had his last day with this wonderful provider on Monday. I wanted to make something little to give her to remember their time with Elijah. Enter the salt dough magnet.


I only wanted to make a couple so I cut the recipie I found in half and then half again, which looked like this:

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup salt

1/8 cup water

I mixed all three of the ingredients until it formed a dough, kneaded it until it was smooth and then rolled it out with a rolling pin. Originally I wanted to cut the salt dough into heart shapes but didn’t have a cookie cuter small enough and didn’t want to free hand it. So a star it was.

After cutting the stars I sat Elijah on my lap and very carefully pressed his finger into the dough twice on each shape to mimic the shape of a heart.

I placed the stars on a cookie sheet and then placed it in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for two hours. Then I flipped the shapes over and baked them for another 30 minutes. I let them cool over night, mostly because it was after 10 p.m. at this point and my bed was calling my name.

The next day I chose some paint, decorated the stars and attached a magnet with hot glue.


While it was just a small project I was happy with the outcome and now that I know how simple salt dough is, I may be trying a few more project around Christmas time!

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