Sunday, February 12, 2017

LEGO Stamping Salt Dough Valentines Craft

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We've been trapped inside a lot this winter while we've been in Japan. It is SO cold here!!! Salt dough has saved us from extreme boredom or excessive screen time a few times. Salt dough, perhaps due to its squishy sensory nature, is something that can keep my little kids occupied. LEGO is another one of our go-to toys, so I thought it be fun to combine the two. Since it's just about Valentine's Day, I pulled out the heart shaped cookie cutters and went for the holiday theme!

Salt dough is easy to make. We have the recipe down below if you don't have a your own recipe. You could also use another type of store bought clay or Play-doh for this project.

We used our heart cookie cutters and plastic cups to cut hearts and circles, then we used a variety of LEGO bricks and people to press into the dough. We even built a LEGO heart to stamp into the dough. It came out really cute.

I used a chopstick to put holes in all of our salt dough objects so I can hang them all in a wall display next year. We used a dough scaper to get the ornaments off the table once we were done stamping.

Once you bake your dough, you can paint them. We used watercolor paint (the kind in the tubes) because that is what we had laying around. I like it because it is not too thick and clumpy. The water absorbs into the dough.

If you've never made salt dough before, we have a simple recipe.

Salt Dough Recipe


2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water


Mix salt and flour together. Then add water and mix, kneading with your hands to form a soft dough. If dough is too dry, add more water, if dough is too sticky, add more flour. 

If dough starts to dry out, you can add more water until it softens again and it can be stored in the fridge to keep it fresh if you have any left over. 

If you make things you want to keep out of your salt dough, just bake at 250 degrees in your oven for 1-2 hrs depending on how thick your object is. 

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