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SALT DOUGH FOOTBALL  

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

Here's a fun craft to keep your kids busy during the game. Make this fun mini football into a magnet for the fridge or even a good luck charm for watching the game!

What You Need:

IMPORTANT NOTE: This recipe for salt dough makes a lot of projects. If you only plan on making a few, cut this recipe into fourths or in half.

What You Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. 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.
  3. THIS DOUGH IS NOT EDIBLE, though it won't hurt you or your kids, it just won't taste very good!

  4. Roll dough flat with a rolling pin, about 1/4" - 1/2" thick.
  5. Use cookie cutter to cut out footballs. If you don't have a cookie cutter, simply use a kitchen knife (with parental supervision!).
  6. Use toothpick to draw on lace lines and border lines at each end (see photo). Be sure to do this step BEFORE baking.
  7. Bake for approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. For best results, allow to cool and dry overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
  8. Paint footballs with two coats of brown paint, allowing to dry in between coats. When dry, use white paint to carefully paint the laces and borders, use a toothpick if you prefer. Let dry.
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