It’s getting chilly, and the holidays are just around the corner. Celebrate with your children with this easy salt dough Santa craft for children! Teach your children about the magic of Santa Claus while they build their whimsical holiday creations.
“The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Mya in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. Over the course of many years, Nicolas’s popularity spread, and he became known as the protector of children…” (source: www.history.com)
Depending on how many children will be participating, you may need to increase or decrease the ingredients in the salt dough recipe.
2 c Salt
4 c Flour
2 c Water
Paint (we used red and blue)
Skewer or toothpick (to trace the hand)
In a large bowl mix the salt and the flour together. Pour in the water gradually until a dough begins to form. Form a large dough ball with your hands and knead the dough on a table or counter top to combine the dough well. Roll the dough out on a flat surface in a semi-thin layer. Have your child place their hand on the dough – the palm of their hand should meet the edge of the dough as shown below. Trace their hand with a skewer or toothpick, making sure to trace down all the way to the bottom of the dough.
Scoop up the dough and place on a baking sheet. Bake the salt dough at 200 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. You may need to flip them and bake them for another 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the dough.
Take the hands out of the oven and allow them to cool. Next, let the children paint their creations. To create the “hat,” paint the thumb and the bottom of the hand. Allow your kids to get creative. They can paint green hats and make an elf, or paint the fingers brown to create a reindeer. The sky is the limit!
Display your salt dough Santas around your child care home along with your other festive, holiday creations from your child care kids or send them home to their parents as holiday gifts. Happy holidays, everyone!