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Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K - Gr. 5 | Age: 5- 11 yrs| Written by: Amanda Formaro
[Amanda is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children.]

If the Dad in your child's life is a sports nut, these magnets made from salt dough are a perfect gift for Father's Day. Simple instructions and easy to decorate you can make extras for Grandpa too!

What You Need:

Salt Dough Recipe

IMPORTANT NOTE: This recipe for salt dough makes as much or as little as you choose. For a large batch use "cup" in place of "part" in the recipe. For a small batch reduce in half or a third.

Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. BE CAREFUL. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.

THIS DOUGH IS NOT EDIBLE, though it won't hurt you or your kids, it just won't taste very good!

What You Do:
  1. Roll dough into balls.
  2. Flatten balls on cookie sheet and place in the oven.
  3. Bake for 2.5 hours.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on cookie sheet.
  5. When completely cool, paint with orange paint for a basketball and white paint for a baseball. Let the paint dry completely.
  6. Turn over and paint the back side and allow to dry completely.
  7. Turn over to front and use Sharpie markers to draw on lines or stitches.
  8. Turn over to back and glue on a magnet. Let glue dry completely.
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