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We Like to Make a Good Impression

It’s that time again!  We have come to the end of another Clever Clovers activity plan (Hands & Feet)!  That means we only have one activity plan left (Simple Shapes) and then we are moving on to the next curriculum, Reaching Roses!  I am really looking forward to moving on to the new phase of development (18 – 24 months) and new sets of skills.  Wowzers!  They are growing up quickly!

On alternating Fridays I blog about our final activity (starring my twin babies)

This week’s Theme: Hands & Feet

Activity Description: Make a hand and footprint keepsake out of home-made plaster

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language, cognitive, creative, gross motor, fine motor, emotional

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 17 months + 3 weeks

1. To warm up I tried to explain what we were going to do.  I don’t think they really understood but they were excited because they knew something fun was going to happen!  I wanted to involve them as much as possible so I made some adjustments to the recipe that is included in the activity plan.  I made the quantity smaller and I didn’t boil the water because I wanted them to be able to manipulate it right away.  Instead, I had them add the salt to the flour and then the water to that mixture.

2.  I knew it was going to get messy so we did this in our pj’s (since they were covered in breakfast anyway).

3.  I realized that I don’t really have toddler friendly cooking tools.  The poor things, were trying to lift heavy glass measuring cups and bowls.  I’m going to start including them a lot more in cooking and baking so I think I’ll invest in some cookware/kitchenware that is more toddler friendly.  If anybody knows of any please leave a comment.

Let’s Get Started!

  • Mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and one cup of water together
O pours the flour into the bowl

O pours the flour into the bowl

M adds the salt

M adds the salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O gives it a whisk

O gives it a whisk

M's turn to mix

M’s turn to mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O awkwardly pours in the water but manages to get it in!

O awkwardly pours in the water but manages to get it in!

Opting to stir at the same time rather than take turns

Opting to stir at the same time rather than take turns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Knead the dough, roll the dough and form/cut/press into the desired shape (we did a circle)
M kneads the dough in the bowl

M kneads the dough in the bowl

Each kneading their own dough

Each kneading their own dough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I rolled it out for them

I rolled it out for them – about 1/2 inch thick

O presses the bowl to cut out a circle

O presses the bowl to cut out a circle

O's circle is ready to go!

O’s circle is ready to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M's turn!

M’s turn!

M with her perfect circle

M with her perfect circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Make an imprint/impression of hands and feet (press firmly but not all the way to the bottom or it will be too thin and breakable)
O's footprint

O’s footprint

O's handprint

O’s handprint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M's footprint

M’s footprint

M's handprint

M’s handprint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taa Daa!

Taa Daa!

 

  • Bake at 225 F for about 3 hours (check now and then to see if it has hardened completely)

 

After baking

After baking

  •   Finishing Touches (There are a lot of options here.  I used acrylic paint and sealed it with a varnish.  The sky’s the limit though so feel free to get crafty!)  Also, I did consider letting the babies do the painting, but I wanted a cleanly finished product.  In retrospect, I would have made two each, one for them to paint and one for me to paint.  They didn’t mind, they liked watching me paint them.
Painted hands and feet

Painted hands and feet

Painted background

Painted background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seal with varnish & embellish

Sealed with varnish & embellished

  •  Final Product (Again, there are options here.  I chose a shadow box, though I think I might get bigger ones and also place in pictures of them making these.  Before baking you can use a pencil or large straw to put a hole in the top so that you can lace some ribbon through to make it a hanging ornament instead.)
Placed in shadow boxes

Placed in shadow boxes

These will look great hanging in their room; the paint colours coordinate with the existing décor.  Also they are at an age now where they remember participating in things.  Every time they see these they keep showing me a hand and foot pressing motion (to indicate that is how they made them).  It’s really sweet & it will make them happy to see them hanging on their wall!

If you are interested in other culminating projects from Clever Clovers, click here.

Have a nice weekend!

Handprint-a-saurus

Handprint art is a really great activity because it uses minimal supplies, doesn’t take long to do and creates a lasting image of your tot’s precious hands!  If you search on-line for “handprint art” you will find hundreds of options that can fit any theme or occasion.  Whenever you do handprint art, be sure to write the date on the back (or age of your tot) for future reference.  Happy handprinting!!

Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum

 This week’s Theme: Dinosaurs

Activity DescriptionHandprints Art (Sensory):  Make a dinosaur from your tot’s handprint (fingers are legs, palm is body, thumb is the neck & head) draw/paint on a face, claws, tail.  Embellish if desired.  Name the dinosaur [child’s name]asaurus.  (Ex.  Andrewasaurus, Monicasaurus)

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Creative Skills

Specific Skill: Making a craft

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months

 

  • Preparation

– I showed the girls some images on the computer of the craft we were going to make

– I asked them to decide which art supplies we would need (click here to see a list of great craft supplies)

– They helped me get the supplies and get set up

 

  • Handprints (Step one)

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  • Adding Body parts (Step two)

-I did this part since the girls are not yet able

Mommy adds faces, claws & tails

Mommy adds faces, claws & tails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Embellishing (Step three)

-We used finger prints as spikes.  You could also use stickers or paint or draw on horns, spikes, etc.

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**** They loved this so much that I gave them another paper to continue.  It’s not related to dinosaurs or this project but I thought they were beautiful and I loved the titles they gave them so I thought I’d share:

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Polkadots, by M & Storm Clouds by O

 

 

  • Name your dino! (Step four)

– I explained that one of their dinos would be named “[their name]asaurus”.  And that they could name the other one “[whatever they wanted]asaurus”

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Click here to see another post about preserving your tot’s little handprints!

 

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