One thing that has changed about the way that I teach since I have become a family childcare facility as opposed to working in a center is the type of project that we do. Previously we focused a lot on the take home, proof that the kids were doing something each day while in our care. We also didn’t do much in terms of holiday decor. It’s a lot of work for something that stays up for a short amount of time. Now that I’m at home I love to engage the kiddos in some great holiday decorating projects, we get to make our house festive and it helps my kids make a connection with the holidays that are up and coming.
This month we’ve been in the spring spirit! Lots of flowers, seeds, mud, bright colors and of course Easter eggs! Our home needed a bit of springing up too! So we set out on an adventure to make our own decor. I don’t have a lot of experience with salt dough but the kids love play dough and are getting pretty skilled with a rolling pin so I thought that we would give it a try. I looked up a recipe for salt dough and this is what we used:
1/2 Cup of Salt
1/2 Cup Water
1 Cup of Flour
We mixed it all together… and rolled it out.
Then we cut out our egg shapes and poked holes in the top so we would be able to string them up. And of course we drove a few monster trucks over the eggs for good measure and a little texture. After we got the eggs all ready to go on the pan I popped them into the oven on 200 degrees Farenheit, and we let them cook for a few hours. They were ready right when the kiddos woke from nap and they got straight to painting! He’s being so careful! Beautiful Easter Eggs! I could have used Modge Podge to give them a nice glaze but we didn’t have any, so oh well! We had so much salt dough that we tried another way to make pretty eggs. We added liquid watercolors to the white dough and mixed it in with our hands. We chose 5 pretty pastel colors and then ripped the balls into pieces and smashed them together. They were very pretty when we rolled them out! We cut them and put them in the oven with our white eggs. These didn’t need any paint afterwords and turned out very Eastery.Viola! A perfect touch of spring.