I’m a one trick pony. I make exactly one kind of cookie (chocolate chip). I cook exactly one dinner (spaghetti and meatballs). And I sing exactly one song every time I do karaoke (Just kidding, I don’t do karaoke – but if I did it would be Total Eclipse of the Heart because I’ve got that air grab down).
My kids often get assignments to “make a model of…” or “make a replica of…” or “build your own…”
It’s super simple. Insanely simple. So simple even an elementary school student can make it with no assistance. Which is good. Because it means coffee and couch for me on science project days**.
The recipe is basically 1 part salt, 2 parts flour, and whatever water is needed to get the right consistency. I love it, because we (almost) always have flour and salt on hand.
This is the “instructions” I use for my kids. We half it for smaller projects or double it for larger projects.
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
3/4 cup warm water
- Pour salt and flour in a bowl
- Add part of the water, and mix it in (with a spoon)
- Add more of the water, and mix it in (still with a spoon)
- Continue adding water until it reaches a play dough like consistency. Mash with your hands to check.
If you accidentally add too much water and the salt dough gets too sticky add a tiny bit more flour. If you’ve added the recommended amount of water and the salt dough feels too dry to manipulate, add a tiny bit more water.
Mold as needed. Let dry. Paint (Tempera Paint works great – we usually grab this kind from Target).
This here is an A+ Narwhal. With glitter. Because of course.
If your children are anything like my children, and have left their science project until the very last minute. You can bake the aformentioned creation at 350° F for 10ish minutes to get it to dry faster. If it’s thin, it may crack, so we prefer air drying. But still a good thing to know at 6AM on the due date.
**Until clean up time. My kids seem to have mastered making salt dough but have yet to master sweeping up spilled flour.