(makes about 45 smallish ornaments)
Massive collection of cookie cutters, paintbrushes, glue, paint, glitter and beads.
4 cups of plain flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups of warm water
Measure salt and flour into large bowl, then gradually add water until thick dough is formed.
Pinch off ball of dough for each child and let them go sick cutting out Christmas shapes. I have some alphabet cutters so they all did their own initials, but then someone mentioned they were going to do an S for their friend Sophie and next thing we knew there was a rush on initials for friends/ teachers/ Santa / cats. (I believe Astrid's 4yo is giving Basil an "L")
Use a skewer to make a small hole at the top of each ornament so you can hang them with string later.
Put ornaments onto a microwave safe plate and nuke them. The recipe said 1-4 minutes, but obviously my microwave is below par in the power stakes, it took much longer for ours to bake to requisite hardness. If you have a strong microwave then nuke the ornaments a minute at a time, in ours we ended up going in 2 minutes bursts although Jenny all but scorched one lot so don't get too carried away with the longer bursts.
Allow to cool on baking rack, whilst nuking the next batch.
When cool enough to touch, decorate! We used paint, glitter glue, glitter, glitter paint and glitter spray paint. After the kids had done their bit Jenny got a bit crafty with glue and stick on stuff which I thought looked great.
Leave to dry, -maybe you could take everyone out for pizza in the park like we did- then thread a loop through skewer hole and hang on tree. (We haven't done the thread-and-hang bit though, the ornaments are still drying and besides we haven't had our Decorate the Christmas Tree Advent Activity Card yet...)
For ANZAC Day this is so beautiful and tender
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