Avi's Sensational Salt Dough

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In this activity on page 5 of the PDF, learners mimic the process for making bricks. Learners shape and bake creations from a dough that is made from flour, salt, and water. Use this activity to introduce learners to chemical changes. Safety notes: Follow Milli's safety notes (on page 2) and do this activity with an adult.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Conventional or toaster oven
  • 1/2 cup measure for dry goods
  • White flour
  • Salt
  • Large bowl
  • Large spoon
  • 1/4 cup liquid measure
  • Warm water
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cookie sheet or metal tray
  • Clock or timer
  • Oven mitts
  • Food coloring (optional--add to the water before pouring)
  • Smock or apron (optional)
  • Rolling pin and cookie cutters (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Office of Community Activities, American Chemical Society


  • All rights reserved, American Chemical Society, 2006