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Salt Ceramic Heart Ornaments for Valentine’s Day

We’ve made salt ceramic heart ornaments for the last few Valentine’s Days but I’ve never had the time to post them before! Salt ceramic is great because it is non-toxic and air dries to a nice sheen. You can color it in advance or paint once it is dry. Salt ceramic is shinier and harder than salt dough and does not need to be baked.

We have fun measuring the ingredients out, flattening the dough, cutting out shapes, and then decorating.

Materials:

  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cup of cold water
  • cookie cutters
  • toothpick (optional)
  • jewels or other decorative items (optional)
  • paint (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Mix ingredients together and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 2-3 minutes.

2. Remove and let cool.

3. Knead until soft. (At this point you can store in a baggie or start working with it.)

4. Roll out or flatten.

5. Cut out shapes.

6. Add decorations or paint.

7. Insert a toothpick if you would like a hole for hanging the shapes as ornaments.

Educational Connections:

  • School Readiness: Following directions and using cookie cutters and picking up small embellishments (fine motor skills) are important readiness skills.
  • Mathematics: Have kids measure the ingredients.
  • Culture: Find out about Valentine’s Day and other similar holidays around the world.
  • Biology: Why did the ancients associate emotions with the heart? What does a real human heart look like and what role does the heart play?
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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2 Responses to "Salt Ceramic Heart Ornaments for Valentine’s Day"

  1. [...] to receive something handmade from your small people, try making and giving one of these thoughtful salt ceramic heart ornament from Naturally [...]

  2. Jaime says:

    What a great idea! I haven’t heard of ceramic dough but am excited to try it out. Do you have any recollection of the number of hearts you got out of one batch? Looking to make them with a class of 7 students.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

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