Earth Day Salt Dough with Natural Earth Paints April 15 2019
Items you'll need
1 cup AP flour
1/2 cup of salt
1/2 TBS of Blue found in Children's Earth Paint Kit
1TBS of Green found in Children's Earth Paint Kit
1/2 cup of Water
2 tsp of Black from Children's Earth Paint Packets
Heart shaped cookie cutter
Twine or Ribbon
We made the recipe twice so we could have one ball of blue salt dough and one ball of green salt dough.
Stir until well mixed, the color should be blended through out.
Add water and stir. The mixture may seem a little dry, if this is the case just add a little bit of water at a time, stir in between the addition of water.
Once the mixture is moist enough it will come together and form a ball. It should not be wet enough that it sticks to your hand when you touch it. If you find yours is sticking, just add a little more flour until it isn't sticking anymore.
Place your parchment paper down on your work station. We flipped over a bowl and traced around it with a marker to form a circle as a guide. Grab a handful of blue dough and start pulling chucks off and placing it within the circle. Then repeat with the green dough.
Once you've placed your dough in the circle it's time to SQUISH it all together to form our EARTH!
Dip your finger in water and rub along the cracks to blend the edges together. Place another piece of parchment paper on top of your EARTH and gently roll along the top to allow more blending to occur. It will start to look like our beautiful planet from space!
Now place hand in the center of the EARTH and press down firmly. Slowly pull hand up and off the dough. A perfect hand print will left in it's place.
It's time to add our heart shape to the center of the hand print.
Another option if your hand is to big **cough** mom or dad **cough** you can skip the hand print and use a larger heart shape instead.
Remember to use the straw to create holes in the top of the EARTH and in the hearts, this way we can hang them once they are dry.
If you live in a warm and dry area you could probably get away with setting these out in the sun for a day or two to dry naturally. We however, live in the Pacific Northwest and on the coast, so it is VERY wet here currently. We opted to bake ours. We baked them at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 hours. Once they are baked and cooled let the painting begin.
Add water to the black Natural Earth Pigment to get a nice consistency for painting letters. Add "Happy Earth Day" or "Peace, Love, Harmony" or "We LOVE our planet". The options are endless. When the paint is dry flip it over and adhere your favorite picture to the back, so it can be seen through the heart. Then add your favorite ribbon or twine to hang. Here are our finished products. Hope you have as much as my kiddos and I had while we created our EARTH's and talked about the importance of Earth Day!
To get a dome shape bake on parchment paper on the bottom of a glass bowl.
*Black is not included in the Children's Earth Paint Kit, but can be purchased as an individual packet. Both the blue and green pigments can also be purchased individually as well.