We came back from our trip to the ocean with alot of beach treasures. I wanted to do a fun craft to incorporate the shells my little guy had found. I decided it would be fun for him to make something with salt dough, since he loves the stuff. I got his fish cutter from his playdoh toys (since this is his favorite cutter and fish are in the ocean:) but you could use any kind of shape you want. The salt dough is super simple to make. The recipe we use is 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour (we used wheat flour because it looks like sand) and 1/2 cup water. Just stir with a fork until a ball forms. So easy my preschooler basically did it by himself, with a little help with the measuring...
After we made the salt dough, he cut the fish shape out with his playdough cutter and picked out the shells from our beach trip that he wanted to use. He positioned them where he wanted them to go and pushed them down into place. I made sure the shells were squished in good so the dough would bake around them so they wouldn't fall out.
Bake them at 200 degrees until they harden up. It only took about an hour for the fish to harden since they weren't that big. When they cooled off, I hot glued a magnet on the back and now we have some cute new magnets for our fridge that reminds us of our fun time at the beach!
My little guy had fun playing with the fish, too, pretending they were swimming in the ocean!
This craft was super fun for my preschooler!