For this months 12 Months of Sensory Dough challenge, our dough is Salt Dough. I was inspired by this “quickest ever salt dough” recipe on Rainy Day Mum to try cooking our salt dough in the microwave so that we could paint on it without the long wait for it to dry out.

How make salt dough in the microwave. So much quicker than the traditional method. Then kids can paint and decorate their salt dough ornaments

To make the salt dough, you will need: Salt, flour and water. Go with a ratio of 2:1 flour to salt, and slowly add water as required. We added too much at first, so needed to gradually add more flour to cancel that out.

making salt doughMix all ingredients together until it forms a ball, and is not sticky to touch.

how to make salt dough

Then you’re ready to roll out the dough and shape some salt dough ornaments.

If you’re looking for a Christmassy salt dough idea, then why not try these salt dough Christmas trees

You can also play around with the salt dough making all kinds of things like these which my kids made:

Using cookie cutters: (these are similar)

using cookie cutters on salt doughMark making on a salt dough tile, with a sharp playdough tool:

mark making on salt doughMaking a donut shape, and also making a salt dough hand print.

making salt dough ornamentsOnce all your shapes are ready, put them in the microwave for 10 second blasts until each one is hardened and dry. (See the Rainy Day Mum post for more info on the microwaving process)

Then you’re ready to paint!

painting salt dough

Here are some the boys’ finished salt dough creations

Quick and easy way to make a salt dough handprint ornament

The lavender blue is acrylic paint. The darker blue is watercolour paint, with glitter glue added.

painted salt dough tiles, a fun way to explore colour and texture

These are also painted with a mixture of acrylic paints and watercolour.

"I love you" simple salt dough ornament for kids to make for loved ones

More Salt Dough Ideas

Salt Dough Beads | Study at Home Mama

Making Salt Dough Fossils to Awesome Music | Witty Hoots

Nature Inspired Dough for Lively Sensory Play | Peakle Pie

Crayon Salt Dough Recipe | Sugar Aunts

Scented Salt Dough Pendants | Raising Lifelong Learners

Salt Dough Seashells | Creative World of Varya

Salt Dough Flowers | Wildflower Ramblings

Salt Dough Coprolites | Preschool Powol Packets

watermelon salt dough recipe| Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

Microwave Salt Dough | In The Playroom