06/12/2013 11:18 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Salt Dough Pirate Treasure

My salt dough recipe uses two cups of plain flour, one cup of salt and one cup of water, added slowly to mix to a dough. Roll out the dough and cut into small circles. Then you can make imprints in the dough to add a bit of texture - we used coins and cocktail sticks.

Bake the coins in the oven on a baking tray. I cooked them for about as long as I'd cook biscuits - at 180C for about 10-15 minutes. If they are still soggy in the middle I find that leaving them on a hot radiator for a couple of hours works well to dry them out.

Then paint. We used a mixture of yellow, red and brown paints. Then when they were dry we finished off with a coat of some gold glittery paint.

We've used these salt dough coins for lots of role playing games. They've been hidden around the house, collected together in various treasure chest receptacles, and used for buying things in a pretend shop. They also turned out to look like pretty good biscuits, so they've been in and out the play kitchen too!

Jennifer is a writer and blogger, trying hard to fit it all in around the demands of two young children. She enjoys crafting and loves to travel.

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