I was flipping through the Summer issue of Disney’s Family Fun magazine and came across their Pebble Plaque activity. It was a little too elaborate for my 5 and 2 yr old but I loved the idea of the kids making a decorative “stone”.
There are a bunch of different salt dough recipes but I basically followed the recipe from the Family Fun magazine but I halved it. Mix 1.5 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt and about 3/4 cup of water (I eyeballed the water to make sure it wasn’t too watery or to crumbly). Knead it until smooth, divide it in half and then roll them out into circles. I made one for each of my kids.
Then I left the kids go at it decorating. We had some beads and ceramic tiles to use. I wasn’t sure if the beads would melt or not but they made it through pretty well.
My 2 yr old did have a hard time grasping the concept of not squishing the tiles in so deep but he had a great time making his stone.
My daughter got quite elaborate with hers.
Once the kids were done we baked them at 275 degrees for about 2 hours. I should have let them bake for longer because once they cooled and I lifted them off the foil I realized the bottom wasn’t as dry as I would have liked. The beads survived but some needed to be glued down because they were loose but overall the kids loved them.