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Salt Dough Recipe

Use this salt dough recipe to create countless crafts and activities.

Various winter and Christmas shaped salt dough pieces placed on a baking sheets.

Salt dough can be used for an endless amount of crafts and activities, while also providing a way to engage with your student or child and promote tactile learning. Use the recipe below to make your own salt dough and let the creativity begin! We were inspired to share this with you when we saw how much fun our friend, Sara Erb, had with her family making the ornaments pictured below.



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water


  • Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Gradually add water while stirring and mixing to form a dough with a Play-Doh like consistency.
  • Form the dough into a ball and knead for approximately 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and firm. Additional water may be needed, depending upon humidity. Add a teaspoon of water at a time until the dough reaches the proper texture. On the other hand, if the dough is too sticky, add more flour by the teaspoon until it’s no longer tacky.
  • Store the salt dough in a Ziploc bag when it’s not in use to prevent it from drying out.
Young child rolling out a ball of salt dough with a colorful baseball bat
Child using a cookie cutter shaped like a tree to cut out a tree shape from the salt dough.
Various winter and Christmas shaped salt dough pieces placed on a baking sheets.
Multiple salt dough shapes that are  Christmas and winter themed and painted
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