Salt Dough Veggies


To correspond with our Harvest Time lesson this week on Veggies, we made Salt Dough Veggies to use on our Nature Table. Once dried, the kids immediately took them to the Farm Mat. They have spent a lot of time bringing in the harvest and feeding the bounty to the family of snails Bug made.

saltdough_veggies2_sep08Basic Salt Dough Recipe

1 Cup Salt

2 Cups Flour

3/4 Cup Room Temp Water

1 TBSP Vegetable Oil

Bake at 200 F for several hours until dried through. Paint when dry.

For a realistic touch, we used small twigs for stems. We also used toothpicks for adding details. I was surprised how well the Salt Dough retained its modeled shape.

Note: Both puppies and almost 2 year olds like to eat the finished veggies! Keep a close eye on the little ones if you have ’em.




Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art


  1. Submitted by Michelle (not verified) on Sun, 10/26/2008 – 17:56.
    Thanks Sasha. I hope you enjoy your look around! 🙂

    Submitted by Sasha (not verified) on Sun, 10/26/2008 – 08:31.
    I love the farm mat! It is so inspiring. Your entire blog is, in fact. I can’t wait for a quiet moment so that I can look it over.


    Submitted by Michelle (not verified) on Wed, 10/22/2008 – 18:39.
    Erika, yes I made the farm mat. I took basic inspiration from the books Knit a Fantasy Story and Knitted Gardens. There was also a great article in the first issue of Living Crafts Magazine that described knitting a farm mat in a co-op style. It is a pretty satisfying project since you can knit one square at a time and piece them together as you go. Even if you aren’t an advanced knitter you can pull it off. You don’t need to do elaborate stitches… just basic garter stitch knitting using some of the fun furs gives a great grassy effects. I plan to feature it on my other blog Wee Folk Art after Halloween… kind of going over the different squares I incorporated. So you might want to check in there if you are interested.

    Submitted by Erika S. (not verified) on Wed, 10/22/2008 – 14:17.
    That farm mat is really neat! Did you make it or buy it somewhere? I tried to google such but haven’t found anything.



    Submitted by Michelle (not verified) on Sun, 09/07/2008 – 09:15.
    Glad you like the idea. I am pretty happy with how they turned out and they look really cute on the nature table. Something very interactive for the kids to play with this harvest season.

    Submitted by Kira (not verified) on Sat, 09/06/2008 – 10:15.
    Ooohh! These are awesome. We’ll definitely be making some for our nature table this year!! Great idea.


    Submitted by Gammy (not verified) on Sat, 09/06/2008 – 08:17.
    WOW! They turned out great. I really didn’t expect them to hold the detail, but they did! We’re going to have to make a few more of the pumpkins for our gnome house!

    1. This is such a great idea, I can no get rid of all the plastic food in my daughter’s play kitchen! I am so glad! 🙂 Thank you for posting this, we are going to be doing it this week. I would love to know how you made the farm mat. I looked for a page on it but I couldn’t find any info. It’s so neat!

  2. What kind of paint is that? Would tempera work?

    1. Also, did you get all those veggies from just one batch?

      1. I believe those were all from a single batch. It has been awhile… but I don't think I doubled it. The paints are just non-toxic craft paints. I've never tried tempra paints… you could always test it on one or two.

  3. Thanks for posting that excellent recipe of salt dough veggies. The kids will have a good time making them. Education is about the overall development of a child. It is not about scoring marks and grades. Keep up the good work.

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