For a fun and simple lesson with my special needs students, I mixed salt, flour, and water together to make and easy to work with salt dough that can be baked and painted.
The kids helped me to measure the 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and the cup of water. The concoction was blended with a mixer and the kids each rolled out their own ball of dough into a slab. Christmas cookie-cutters were used to cut from their slab and create angels, stars, and trees. Cookie-cutters of any sort work great for different seasons- just like making cookies. Next week, after the few days it takes for the ornaments to dry, the cookies will be baked and ready to be painted. The kids will paint their ornaments with some glitter glue and string them with yarn to be hung on their trees at home.