Every September, people in India celebrate Ganesh Chathurthi, the birthday of the elephant headed god Ganesha
Yesterday was Ganesh Chathurthi and we decided to spend the evening making Ganesha statues out of salt dough. We used the basic salt dough recipe
1 cup flour,
1/2 cup salt,
2 tsp vegetable oil
sufficient water to make up a dough.
While the girls were busy in the evening working with some stickers, I whipped up a batch of dough. I didnt want to give the children too many instructions, which I would be likely to do if we made one Ganesha. So I divided the dough into three batches, with the instructions that the girls could do with them as they wanted.
I also put a couple of our home Ganesha statues on the floor as a template, if they required.
So began the time for creation: A lump of salt dough, a statue of Ganesha
A word before baking. I noticed in previous experiments with Salt dough that when pieces were stuck together, they had the tendency to fall apart when baking. This time, we used water to smooth out the joints before baking