This year I made baking soda ornaments with the kiddos! Last year I tried to make some hand prints with salt dough and I ended up tossing them because they were just too heavy and ended up cracked. I had pinned these sweet ornaments a few weeks ago www.mariegracedesigns.com and thought that they might be a nice alternative.
2 cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
1 and 1/4 water
Cook on the stove top until nice and thick, the post I pinned referred to the consistency of mashed potatoes. Do NOT STOP stirring, even just for a minute to untangle your son’s slinky! I then dumped the whole pot on a silicone baking sheet to cool and stuck the pot in the sink to soak. Cover with a dishcloth as it does quickly dry out.
This was a great chance to talk about measuring and cooking. Amelia had great fun playing in the spilled baking soda and Connor and I talked about how the consistency of the dough changed as it cooked.
I took out just what I needed to make each hand print ornament (with a chunk for each kiddo to play with) and stored the rest in a bowl and covered with a wet paper towel. This stuff dries and becomes crumbly really quickly so I need to work fast.
By the second hand print I already needed to add a little water to get the dough to roll out smoothly. I used bowls to trace around each print and pressed in their first initial and the year with some rubber stamps.
We didn’t end up making any more ornaments with this batch. While both kids loved playing with the dough, experimenting with the rubber stamps and fighting over the rolling pin, they were none too interested in making any kind of “final product”. I have stored the dough in a ziploc bag with some damp paper towel and I might try again when we pull out the cookie cutters. I love the simple white stars that Maria and her family did.
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