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Salt dough recipe saltdoughcaterpillar

You will need:

salt, flour, water, oil, mixing bowl, wooden spoon, teaspoon, tray or surface, cling film/airtight container.

optional extras- food colouring, paint, paintbrushes, mixing pallette, cloth for spillages, apron to protect clothes, gravel, seeds, wallpaper paste, baking tray/microwaveable plate, different types of flour, natural colourings

 For a basic salt dough recipe, you need roughly equal quantities of salt and flour, enough water to mix and a little oil to make it more elastic. Try this recipe:
one cup of salt
one cup of flour
half a cup of water
one teaspoon of vegetable oil

Put the flour and salt in a large bowl.  Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the oil and the water. Mix the ingredients together until they start to come together. You might like to start by using a wooden spoon, until most of the water is mixed in, using your hands to squish it all together at the end. Knead  the dough until it’s smooth and not too sticky. If it is too wet, add more flour, if it is too dry and crumbly, add more water, a little at a time to get the right consistency. Once you have your dough, you can either use it immediately, or roll it into a ball, wrap it in cling film and store it, in a plastic tub. Storing it in the fridge, will help to prevent it from becoming too gloopy.

There are many variations on this basic recipe, but the main way to change it, is by adding colour. You can change the colour by using different types of flour, by mixing in artificial food colouring, by baking in the oven, by mixing in coloured spices (eg turmeric) or natural colourants, like beetroot or blackcurrant juice, or by mixing paint or dyes into the dough or simply by painting, once dry!

You could also try mixing different quantities of flour and salt, to get different textures. (more salt=more grainy)

Try adding seeds, or fine gravel for variations on texture.

Or how about varying the quantity of oil, or leaving it out altogether?


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