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Easy Toddler Sculptures

This simple sculpture collage will keep even the littlest hands busy, but would be fun for older kids too. A basic salt dough is a blank canvas for anything your little artist can imagine.

The clay is easy to mix up, and you have everything in your kitchen already:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 3/4 cups warm water

Mix the flour, salt and water in a bowl. Knead for 5-10 minutes before modeling.
(Store extra in an airtight container.)

If using oven-safe items (aquarium rocks, pebbles, shells), your sculpture can be baked at 325 degrees for 1 hour. If using other items (drinking straws, feathers, leaves, Popsicle sticks, sticks or twigs), let the sculpture air dry for several days.

My son was barely 2 years old when we first tried this. We dug into our collection of rocks and shells to add to the sculpture, but the possibilities are endless.

You can add a hook to the finished product for hanging. For a shiny finish, you might brush the sculpture with an egg wash before baking.

At 2 years old, this craft was all about feeling and exploring. But I would imagine that an older child could create all kinds of things with this: a sculpture of your family, a dream house, a magical landscape…

Use found items in nature or recycle things from around the house. What about cookie cutters? Hand (or foot) print keepsakes… A free-form sculpture for dad for Father’s Day… I’m sure your little ones can dream up something fantastic!

– Amanda of Just Hatched

6 thoughts on “Easy Toddler Sculptures

  1. fabulous tutorial, such a great idea & love the photos. thanks for sharing!

  2. Wonderful craft – what a great idea for a Father's Day Sculpture! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Blessings and magic,
    Donni – Fairyfolk

  3. I love this idea- I wish my toddler would sit for 5 minutes to try this activity- 🙂 maybe when he is 3.

  4. He looked like he was having so much fun!
    Loved the rocks!

  5. Impressive effort by the kids but i am not getting the idea that what they want to make.

  6. My son and I just finished making a handprint for Daddy and painting stars for arriving baby from this same clay. We had the most fun making it together, using the rollers and making tracks with his animals.

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