Nanny Anita's Lavender Salt Dough Gifts | My Baba

?As the school year draws to a close there is always the problem of choosing a gift for favourite teachers as a thank-you for all they have done. Why not get little ones to make these sweet smelling salt dough gifts, they’re simple and easy, and adds a personal touch to gift giving.

You will need:

  • Salt dough (1/2 cup of salt, 1 cup of plain flour, and 1/2 cup of water)
  • Cookie cutters
  • Optional food dye
  • Scents

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1. Pre heat the oven to 100c (remember you want to dry them out, not cook them). We ended putting them on much too high a temperature and they started to rise.

2. Once the salt dough has been made, roll it out and use cookie cutters to make the shapes you want. If you want to add a little bit of colour to you gift then put some food dye into the dough as you are kneeding it.

 

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3. Place into the oven and leave them in for a few hours (depending how big they are). If they feel a little bit soft on the underside then turn them over and put back in the oven.

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4. Once they are ready and cooled down add a few drops of scent to them. We used lavender, but from experience some people can be highly sensitive to the smell, so maybe try something milder like rosewater or vanilla.

If you have any left over, you could always store them in a zip lock bag and use them as a gift later on, or you could place them into your or your children’s draws to make their clothes smell nice.

 

 

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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