Last year for Yule, Big A and I made homemade salt dough ornaments for the Yule altar. It was such a huge hit, that I plan on doing it again this year, but this time, we’ll have Little a helping us since she’s older.
This is a great activity to keep little hands and minds busy and learning. It also makes a great homeschooling project for younger children.
Here’s how to get started:
- 1 cup very cheap flour – I used the cheapest, most bleached, Walmart flour that I could find. Basically, the stuff that I absolutely refuse to feed my family.
- 1 cup very cheap salt – Again, I went out and purchased the cheapest table salt I could find.
- 3/4 cup water – you may need more, depending on the type of flour you use.
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine all of the ingredients together. This is a great activity for your little one to do.
- Roll out the dough. It shouldn’t be sticky. If it is, add more flour. If it’s crumbly and will not roll together, add a little more water. This is also a great activity for your Little.
- Have your kiddo use cookie cutters to cut the ornaments out of the dough. If you don’t own any
cookie cutters, you can always mold the ornaments yourselves into
whatever shape you like.
- Lay out the ornaments on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 4 to 6 hours, or until completely dry. Your bake time may vary depending on your location and oven, so keep an eye on these bad boys!
- Once done baking, allow to completely cool. This takes about an hour.
- When your ornaments are completely dry, you can paint them (like we did with most of ours) or just leave them as is. These have a lovely brown hue thanks to the spices added, so they look great without paint.
By the way, these smell spectacular while baking!
This is a great activity to do with your kids on the day of Yule. They’re not that hard to make, they just take a little time.
What are your plans for Yule this year?