Before i swam in the dead sea for the first time and licked my fingers after the swim (big mistake) i thought that the most salty thing on earth is the saltdough from my childhood...
My mother often did saltdough carfting with us and of course, although she would warn us that this is not cookie dough and far far far from tasty, we couldn't help it and always ate a tiny little bit, just to spit it out right afterwards yelling and laughing: "pfffffiiiiiiii disgusting!!!!"
Saltdough is amazing for kids. First its non-toxic (except if you eat tons of it...) and completely natural. Its prepared in 1 minute and it doesn't stick to the fingers while you model it and it's cheap. Alva can play with it for a long while without getting bored. The basic recipe listed below gives a white dough, but you can add food colors to make colored dough, you can also work with all sorts of lentils and seeds for decoration (i like to use black lentils the most, you can do stracciatella dough with them). When the models are dry and baked, you can also paint them with non-toxic paint (avoid using aquarell paint, it contains too much water and would make the models soft again).
Recipe for Saltdough:
200gr. white flour
100gr. Potato flour
200gr. table salt
While the handling of saltdough is quite easy, the drying and baking process take some time and have to be done carefully to avoid the models to break.
Carefully place the models/ornaments on a baking tray layered with baking paper. If you plan on hanging them, don't forget to make a small hole. You can use a chop stick or any other pointed object, like a wool needle. Please make sure that the hole is at least about 2 mm diameter. If it is too small, it could close during the baking process. Let the models dry at the air for at least 1 day. Then put them in the oven for 3 hours. In the first hour, bake them at 75 degrees celsius (if your oven doesn't have temperatures that low, you can put the temperature to the minimum possible and leave the door of the oven open a bit). After one hour, raise the temperature to 120 degrees celsius and bake for another hour (make sure to close the oven this time). After that, raise the temperature again to 150 degrees and bake for another hour.
Let the models/ornaments cool down. Once they are cold, they are ready to be painted.