Salt Dough Monsters

Every now and then it’s nice to play with some dough and make something “for keeps”. This salt dough recipe is super easy and monsters are the perfect thing for toddlers to make as anything goes! Great for a Halloween craft, too!

Salt Dough Monsters

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As soon as F saw me making up a new batch of dough he was very excited! I used the basic salt dough recipe from my Glowing Salt Dough post, replacing the Glo Away with a few drops of food coloring.
I made one batch of blue dough, and one batch of purple, and provided F with straws, pouch caps, craft sticks and googly eyes. The craft sticks seemed too big to use for the monsters, so we didn’t use these in the end.
Salt Dough Monsters
I made some monsters to demonstrate to F what we were doing. At first he wanted to play with the ones I had made but I had to explain that we had to wait for them to dry, and he could try making his own. I made suggestions and gave him some help every now and then, but most of it he did on his own.
He became rather obsessed with turning the pouch caps into hats, so we had a lot of “orange hat on” and “orange hat off” practice.
I placed the finished monsters on a silicone mat and left them to air-dry overnight.
Salt Dough Monsters

However, the monsters took several days to dry. I had to hide them so that F didn’t see them and want to play with them. After three days I gave up on the largest ones ever hardening, but finally the three smallest ones were ready.

Note: When I have made salt dough crafts before I have carefully microwaved them to help them dry. I don’t recommend that for this activity due to the plastic components. 

Meet Spike, Mrs Blue Hat, and Long Ears!

Salt Dough Monsters

This made a lovely change from our play dough creations as we had something to show for it afterwards!


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