Yesterday afternoon Georgia made me read the book Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! three times in a row and then before she could say it I knew what was coming next….”mummy can we make some rainbow fish?”. I hadn’t planned to do any crafts that afternoon but luckily Georgia came up with the idea herself of how we could create a rainbow fish craft – playdough and sprinkles! Instead of playdough though I changed it to salt dough so we could keep them and use them as props for our story telling.
I used the below salt dough recipe which we previously used to make Christmas ornaments and our Diwali candle holders as it has lasted well so far.
You will need:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of water
- Blue paint
- Fish shaped cookie/playdough cutter
- Sprinkles / sequins
Salt dough is a really easy one that kids can help to create, just make sure they are not at the stage of putting everything in their mouth due to the high salt content.
- Mix the flour and salt in a bowl.
- Add the water and a squirt of paint and mix until it comes together into a dough.
- Turn out onto a dry surface and knead really well.
- Once you’ve made the creations leave to dry out in an oven on 100 degrees for 2 – 3 hours. Alternatively leave in a warm dry area overnight.
We make lots of biscuits so Georgia knew how to roll out the dough, press the cutter into it, give it a wiggle and then carefully pull away the rest of the dough to leave just the fish.
At first she just added the sprinkles by placing them on top but we discussed how they would just fall off so she stuck them into the fish cut outs instead. She also wanted to make one really large fish so I had to freestyle that one as we didn’t have a large cutter.
Once she had finished making the fish we placed them in the oven and then I placed them in the airing cupboard overnight. This morning Georgia was super impressed to see they were now hard. Normally at this stage I would cover with PVA glue to seal but this might prove a little tricky with the sequins sticking up everywhere so I haven’t attempted this yet.
We have been using them as part of our story telling so far this morning with the book along with using it to tell her own stories. I’m hoping they last until I can try and seal them!
Rainbow Fish to the Rescue (affiliate link) is a book about friendships and letting other children join in so is always a good one to start a discussion with the Little Tots about playing together.