Simple Preschool Idea- Salt Dough Bead Necklace

I try to keep my almost 3 year old {productively} busy while I work with the children.  I am also teaching him some preschool each day.

This is an idea we did recently and it was a hit {for all ages!}!  I had John, 6,measure all the ingredients and follow the recipe.  Then he and Ethan, 2, made the beads together.

Salt Sough Bead Necklace.

First we made salt dough:

1/2 cup salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water 
Knead all ingredients together until dough forms.  
May add more water if mixture is too crumbly, or more flour if too sticky.
Roll dough into balls.  Take a straw or stick and poke holes through each bead.
{Make sure the hole goes all the way through-or you will not be able to string the beads later!}
When all the beads are ready, bake at a very low temperature (250) for about 1.5 hours until beads are throughly hardened.
Next, it’s time to paint the beads! 
(We did this step the next day!)
Let your child paint them all different colors and have fun!
 Let the paint dry, and then it is time to string the beads onto a necklace!
Cut yarn long enough to make necklaces, bracelets, etc.
Your preschooler will love the end result!
This could be a great gift for Grandma or a relative- homemade jewelry!

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