Today, we made leaf shaped beads from ingredients I already had in my pantry. Then we painted them and strung them with some wooden beads to make a little hanging decoration. We tried to make our own round beads as well, but they were in the oven a little too long and didn't look so good (We'll try that again another day). The leaves are actually pretty without painting them, but of course, painting is a very important step that should not be skipped when you ask a three year old.
Baker's Clay Recipe (Adjust ingredient amounts if you want to make less dough.)
4 cups All-purpose Flour
1 cup Salt
1 1/2 cups Water
Knead ingredients together.
Shape clay with hands or cookie cutters. Use flour on counter to help keep dough from sticking.
Use a toothpick to create a hole (if you plan to hang it).
Sprinkle top with sugar sprinkles, if desired.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (Keep an eye on the time, because depending on the size of your "cookies" the time may need to increase or decrease. They will begin to brown like a cookie.)