To make the dough, you will need:
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/2 cup table salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- Kitchen knife or scissors
- Plastic wrap
- Wax paper
You will also need an assortment of aromatic herbs, spices, and extracts. (See scent suggestions below.)
Prior to the activity:
- Make the salt dough. Mix flour, salt, water, oil, and cream of tartar in a saucepan. Stir over medium low heat until a ball forms. Remove from heat and place dough on a piece of foil until cooled. Divide the dough into six balls measuring about 3" in diameter.
- Select your herbs and/or spices. If using herbs, chop them and place in separate containers. Set aside.
During the activity:
- Give each participant a ball of dough and ask them to select one of the chopped herbs, a spice, or an extract.
- Instruct participants to flatten the ball and top it with an herb or spice. If using an extract, just a drop should do.
- Then, roll the scent into the ball and knead the dough until the scent is distributed throughout. If the scent is too faint, simply add more.
- Discuss the scents. Do they evoke a memory? Does the participant have a story to go with their scent? Does kneading the dough remind them of baking homemade bread?
- Herbs: fresh or dried mint, dill, rosemary, oregano, sage, chives, lavender
- Spices: ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, mustard powder
- Extracts: vanilla, almond, lemon, orange, peppermint, anise
Ideas and tips:
- Place the scented dough in an airtight container or bag and use again.
- Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Allow to dry, and you have scented ornaments.