Our dear friend Kate and her 15 month old son Max came round to do some Christmas handprint art. Kate had bought some wooden coasters and our first activity was to get Max’s handprint on three of them – using red acrylic paint. Needless to say there were plenty of babywipes at the ready!
The next activity was saltdough Christmas decorations. Again like the playdough (Day 4) it is something I have done every year with my own classes yet have never actually made my own from scratch – my wonderful Teaching Assistants have always made it. So making it for the first time with two toddlers and trying to catch up with Kate probably wasn’t the best idea. However, it was simple so I needn’t have worried. I mixed the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and slowly added the water until I could knead the dough. When it became too sticky I added a little more flour.
Kate was in charge of rolling out the salt dough and then we managed to get four lots of handprints from Max. After yesterdays microwave activity I was feeling brave about using the microwave again. Google had indicated we could use the microwave to ‘cook’ the saltdough. I was sceptical but it seemed a great time save – 2 ½ minutes compared to 2 ½ hours in the oven. Unfortunately for us, the microwave method didn’t work. It burnt the salt dough – despite me only putting it in for 30 seconds at a time.
So one hand print down we went back to the traditional oven method.
The third activity was to make robin Christmas cards using a footprint. The boys were in a highchair for this activity so we painted their feet brown (again using acrylic paint!), attached paper to a box lid and pressed the paper up to their feet. The rest of the robin was made once the paint dried.
After all those Christmas art activities we were ready for tea, cake, the boys playtime and catching up!
To make the saltdough:
* Cup of plain flour
* ½ cup of salt
* Up to ½ cup of water
* Mixing bowl
* Baking paper
* Baking tray
Adam was 18 months old.
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