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
- Knead the dough, roll the dough and form/cut/press into the desired shape (we did a 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)
- Bake at 225 F for about 3 hours (check now and then to see if it has hardened completely)
- 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.
- 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.)
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!