November 21, 2012

dough farm animals - with tutorial

I created these dough farm animals for Victor's birthday party but decided not to use them afterall. Most of our guest friends had kids under 3 and I was afraid that, while playing with the animals, the kids would pull some small parts (ears, noses) apart and didn't want to take that risk. Not that they weren't well attached to the rest of the body but kids have a special power to make the impossible possible :)
I'm sharing it because it's a fun project for older kids, especially now with winter coming up and more time to  spend inside the house.
I created only pigs and sheep but the possiblities are endless.

3 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cup water
acrylic paints and paintbrushes

Combine the flour, salt and water and knit until you get a smooth dough.
Start with the body of the sheep or pig by rolling a piece of dough between your palms.

Attach the feet.

The Sheep
Roll a long cylindrical dough in your palms, cut it in smaller pieces and roll them in a spiral shape. Press each piece onto the body by applying a few drops of water to make the dough sticky.

Make the head by rolling a smaller piece of dough and then pressing it flat. Attach the ears. Use a toothpick to mark the eyes and mouth.
Bake the farm animals on a baking sheet for about 2 hours at 275F.
The heads of the pigs were really heavy and sliding down so I used a tea spoon to keep the in place.
Remove from the oven, set aside to cool and paint.

Happy early Thanksgiving!


  1. Vaaai, Stefi, ce dragalase sunt!!! Love them all! Victor e norocos ca esti mamica lui: esti asa talentata si ii faci atat de multe lucruri dragute...!


  2. adevarat, sunt minunate! Stefi, ai idei asa de faine si esti foarte talentata! :)

  3. whether it will be like a cookies if we bake it?

    1. after baking the dough gets really hard and you can't eat it unless you want to break your teeth :)

  4. Wow ~ these are ADORABLE!! Absolutely awesome! I'm also into salt dough but definitely don't have your patience ~ great post!!


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