Back in the summer we made some salt dough hand prints of three gorgeous little people. I've only just got around to finishing them off with some acrylic paint, (where does the time go?) Anyway I'm planning on hanging these lovely keepsakes up in our house as a reminder of how privileged I am to be raising and nurturing these three little people (and a reminder that they are not small for long!) In previous years we have made them as decorations to hang on the Christmas tree.
We got mixing in the kitchen. Salt dough is very simple to make and the actual making of it is a great activity to do together.
Salt Dough Recipe
1 cup salt
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup water
Little Chick is now at an age where she can do a lot independently, reading numbers, finding ingredients, measuring out the cups etc, whilst Shoeshine just wants to be involved with whatever her big sister is doing. There was a good bit of taking turns and sharing (this doesn't happen all the time, I promise!)
They then got busy squishing and squashing the dough and having a go at rolling it out. We found it was a lot sticker than normal play dough (although it might have just been how we made it.) We also had a go with some air dry clay but it was too hard for the girls for roll out and quite difficult to get a good imprint, although it probably would last longer than salt dough.
We then had a go at making hand prints. We found that we needed quite a bit of flour to stop the hands getting stuck in the dough. It took a lot of flour and numerous attempts to get baby boo's hand print as his grasp reflex is still strong and he kept scrunching in the dough! If you want to hang them up after you're done you can either put a hole in for threading some ribbon through or just wait until they are dried to super glue the ribbon on the back.
We then stuck them in the oven for a few hours on about 100 oC to dry out. They were quite thick so took quite a long time.
Once dry (and having sat around the house for a couple of months in one of the many piles of things I have to do) I painted them with acrylic paints and I'm planning on putting ribbons on the back to be able to hang them on the wall. I don't know how long they will keep for, but with the acrylic paint it should be a while. I still have one up in the kitchen that Shoeshine did 2 years ago. I still can't believe how fast baby Boo is growing!
Little Chick 4 yrs
Shoeshine 2 yrs
Baby Boo 3 months