Not Your Average Salt Dough

There are many salt-dough recipes online, however a preschool in Cortez, Colorado, Country Kids Playhouse, recently came across this recipe through Kaplan that deserves a close look. We used it at the 2017 Bear Citizen to make permanent footprints (and handprints for some) and it is a very flexible, soft, high detail clay that can be used for all kinds of fun, drying slowly as a large dough ball, quickly when flattened.

1 c Flour

2 tsp Cream of Tartar

1/3 c Salt

1 Tbsp Oil

Mix together thoroughly before slowly adding 1 c Water until the consistency you want. We tried adding it all at once and ended up with a soupy mess. If this happens to you, add more flour until the consistency gets back to clay. To make it “moon gray”, you can either use cake decorating black until the color you want or mix together single drops of red and blue for a light purple, then yellow until gray. You can find several other alternative ways to get gray online.

Most of all, have fun with this. It can be put into the fridge for later use or made fresh every time. Get everyone involved and take that “one small step” towards more and more family time together, learning about the future of space exploration.

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