Salt Dough Donut Craft

If you're spending lots of time inside, it might be time to set up a dramatic play donut shop! While you could just cut out a donut, why not make a Salt Dough Donut Craft to add to the fun? It's no secret we love a good Salt Dough Craft, and I thought this would make for a fun project. It's pretty easy to do and so much fun to decorate the donuts! Follow the step by step directions below to make your very own salt dough donuts.

Salt dough donut craft


Looking for more salt dough ideas, be sure to try these currant buns. They would pair great with donuts!

salt dough craft

Dramatic play is such a fun experience for toddlers and preschoolers, with so many benefits to doing so. If you've noticed your child making a pirate ship, train station, restaurant, or something else - they would likely LOVE a dramatic play set up. 

If you're not familiar with the term, it involves a child acting out someone or something else beyond their own reality. This helps them self-regulate, practice communication, creative thinking, and so much more.

So if you're ready to set up a donut shop, this donut craft is a PERFECT accessory. A salt dough craft is so much more fun than a cardboard drawing, don't you think?

Scroll down below for step by step directions to make your own salt dough donut craft.

donut craft

Salt dough craft

Donut craft supplies:

Salt dough ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water

Craft supplies:
  • Baking tray
  • Paint - variety of colours
  • Coloured rice (link to my recipe)
  • Glue

How to make salt dough donuts

STEP 1: Gather salt dough ingredients

Before getting started, gather up the ingredients needed to make salt dough. Since this recipe takes a few hours to bake, I wouldn't get out the other supplies just yet.

STEP 2: Mix salt dough

Start by mixing the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Slowly add the water and mix until you reach a dough consistency. Once consistency is reached, take the dough out and knead it for several minutes.

STEP 3: Bake salt dough donuts

Next, roll small balls of dough and flatten into a donut shape, poking a hole out from the middle (I just stick my thumb through the middle).

How to make a salt dough donut craft

Place each salt dough donut on a baking try lined with foil to dry them out in the oven. Bake for several hours (time varies depending on the oven and dough thickness) at 100C/225F. Keeping it at this low temperature prevents burning or the dough puffing up.

Once finished drying out in the oven, set aside to allow time to cool.

Salt dough donut craft recipe

STEP 4: Decorate your donuts

After your donuts are completely cooled, it's time to decorate! If desired, seal with varnish to make these last longer. Start by inviting your child to paint their donuts different colours. Set each one aside to dry.

painting salt dough donut craft

After the paint has dried, glue on rainbow rice to resemble sprinkles and wait for them to dry.

Making salt dough donuts for a pretend play bakery or donut shop

STEP 5: Play donut shop

Now for the best part - it's time to set up your donut shop and play! We kept it simple with a donut tray and some price tags. You can keep it as simple or as complex as you'd like.

Some additional ideas might be:

  • Hand drawn donut menus
  • Cardboard donut stand (or use a play kitchen)
  • Toy register for exchanging money
  • Recycled box to "deliver" donuts
  • Old paper cups for coffee with your donuts
  • Set up a full bakery using our dramatic play bakery printables

Brainstorm and see what other things you can pair with this salt dough donut craft for a full dramatic play set up. Preschoolers and toddlers are sure to love anything you set up!

how to set up a pretend play donut shop

We hope you have lots of fun not only making this salt dough craft, but setting up a donut shop for dramatic play. This donut craft is sure to make for hours of fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Enjoy!

Salt dough craft for kids. Donut craft and how to set up a pretend play bakery ideas.

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