This is one of those crafts you can start without the kiddoes. Mine is night-night right now so I got started so she can finish it tomorrow!
First, you'll need to make salt dough and preheat your oven to 250 degrees...
You'll need 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour, and 1 to 1 1/2 cups of warm tap water.
Mix the salt and flour together, then gradually add the water until dough becomes elastic. Use more flour if the dough is too sticky, and more water if too crumbly. Knead the dough to make sure ingredients are mixed well. You could mix your food coloring in at this point, but Monkey will be painting these once cooked.
On floured wax paper, roll the dough as you would sugar cookie dough and cut desired shapes. My little sister's birthday party is coming up, so we'll also be making a heart. Place shaped dough on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
I used a straw to poke holes where the string (or ribbon) will be looped through to make a necklace.
Bake an hour on each side, flip, and continue cooking another hour.
Once cooled, the kiddoes are free to paint! I will post Part 2 tomorrow!