Christmas craft: Salt dough decorations

Manipulating salt dough and using a range of tools to create a Christmas decoration.

Learning objectives

  • To use a range of tools to create and decorate salt dough decorations.

EYFS outcomes

Physical development

  • Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently.
  • ELG: Fine Motor Skills: Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery.


Expressive arts and design

  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • ELG: Creating with materials: Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Characteristics of effective learning

  • Playing and exploring.


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021.

ELGs taken from the Statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021.

Before the lesson

Classroom resources


Teacher notes

Key vocabulary

Prompts for learning


Next steps

Note any specific next steps for individual pupils.

Created by:
Sophie Pickles EYFS,  
Art and Design specialist
Sophie is an¬†expert Early Years consultant. She has spent many years both teaching in Reception and leading, in her role of Head of Early Years and senior manager at an outstanding-rated, child-led setting. Sophie now works with many national educational…
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