Monday, May 16, 2011

Salt Dough 自制黏土

Let's bake for fun

This was a fun project that Ming Ray and I worked on in March just before we moved back from Auckland. He discovered this idea from a craft book that he borrowed from the local library. Talking about library, I was really impressed with the library facilities in Auckland. One could easily locate a well run library in nearly every suburb. Every resident with a proof of address could apply for a membership. Once registered as a member one could borrow up to 30 copies of books or magazines free of charge at any one time! This superb facility had cultivated strong reading interests among the local communities.

In the nearly 2 years I spent in Auckland, I must have read more than double the amount I read in the past decade in Malaysia. I was pleased to see my boy had also picked up this good habit. I hope he can continue this good habit in Malaysia but I foresee this might be a challenge as good library in Malaysia is essentially non-existent.

Shared here is the basic dough recipe which I extracted from the book. I halved the quantity as I was worried having too much dough to work with. Done right, the dough can be easily worked on to be shaped into any features. Below were 3 characters that we made following the book with the quantity of dough we made.

Happy feets - Penguin?
 I helped Ming Ray to shape the figures while he painted them. We had great bonding time to work on these cute little figures.

Our little artist - Ming Ray
You can use this dough to make adorable little ornaments as birthday gifts or little Christmas ornaments to hang on Christmas tree. Be creative with the dough and have fun!


1 cup of fine salt
1 cup of flour (multi-purpose flour)
1/2 cup of water (may add more)

  1. In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour.
  2. Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and slowly add the water (stop if you feel too gooey).
  3. To get softer dough you can add more flour.
  4. Knead until smooth and shape into a ball.
  5. To make different color dough, you can use food coloring in the dough and knead to mix evenly the color.
  6. When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container.
Shaping the dough:
  1. Once the dough is ready you can shape them into any figures that you like.
  2. Place the shaped figures on baking tray with parchment paper/baking paper.
  3. Pre-heat the oven into 150 degree Celsius and bake the dough until firm.
  4. You may paint your ornaments and sculptures after they dry up using acrylic paint.



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  1. I hope your son can keep up with his reading as it can expand his imagination and improve his comprehension. Going to the library is a regular thing I do with my kids. Cute little play dough he made!

  2. Yin, this post brings back memory of my grandpa. He is very good at making this dough. He makes all kinds of opera figures with this dough and also chinese masks.



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