There are so many ways you can use this creative sensory idea with this base recipe and design. You can create self-portraits, you can create wild faces, book characters, historical figures, etc. And the best thing about it is that you can make massive amounts of salt dough “discs”, bake them, and use them year round! They won’t go bad!
Cute Video of Salt Dough Faces Art Project:
Basic Salt Dough Recipe:
1 cup of table salt
2 cups of flour
1 cup of water
Salt Dough Directions:
Mix all dry ingredients together well. (salt and flour) Then pour in up to 1 cup of water and mix well. You should be able to then pick it up and knead it as desired. If the mix is too sticky just grab a few small handfuls of flour and work it in.
Flatten the salt dough mix (I used a rolling pin) and use a circle cookie cutter or mason jar lid to press out circles. If you want to thread through yarn “hair” like we did you’ll need to grab a pointy thin object (pencil tip, ice pick, etc.) and create small holes on the top half of each disc.
Then place all of your salt dough discs on a nonstick cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 200*F for 2 hours. Let cool. This is your basic salt dough recipe. These last simply forever. I pre-make massive batches and just put them in a box until I need them later in the year. This makes them perfect for large school groups.
I used a steel crochet needle to thread my yarn through the salt dough discs for hair to make it SO much easier. You can thread as many pieces of yarn as you want through each hole!
Most of my wild faces I only used one strand of yarn per hole but the long red pig tails I used two pieces of yarn per hole.
There is no right or wrong face to make! This easy sensory project for kids helps to bring out their creativity in a textured way!
Historical Figure Salt Dough Face Ideas:
George Washington Carver
Book Character Salt Dough Face Ideas:
Pete the Cat
Very Hungry Caterpillar
Thing 1 & Thing 2