Thursday, June 7, 2012

Arts & Crafts Thursday: Hand Mould

We are so excited to announce a new partnership today.  We've teamed up with the crafty ladies of My SweetArts and every other week they will be bringing you our A.C.T.  We are thrilled.  We met them in our trial class, were impressed with their creativity, and I think our new feature is going to sparkle because of them.  Here is their first contribution:

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Looking for a gift for a special dad this year?
Salt Dough Footprint/Handprint Moulds
Thinking of the hectic lives of mums and dads, My SweetArts looks for easy and fun crafts for the entire family to enjoy both in class and at home. To commemorate Father’s Day, we created footprint and handprint moulds. We loved it so much that we brought it back for our kids to do too!

As a bonus, this craft is a great sensory activity that encourages gross and fine motor skills and reinforces mathematical concepts all with simple household ingredients. Toddlers and preschoolers will love it! And for new mums and dads with little babies, it is a great keepsake that will keep you oohing and ahhhing for years to come.


  • 1 tablespoon of oil (vegetable or mineral is fine; optional: oil makes the dough easier to knead)

    • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour (do not use self-rising flour)
    • 1 cup of salt
    • 1 cup of water
    • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar (optional: cream of tartar makes dough more flexible)

    Mix ingredients well, kneading the dough for 10 minutes. If the mixture is too sticky, add flour. If the mixture is too dry add a bit of water. Please note that the dough should be stiff (not runny or soft; otherwise air bubbles will form during baking).
    Roll out dough on a flat, smooth surface and form desired shape about 1/2 inch thick. *Hint* You can use a shallow bowl to shape into a circle.

    Once desired shape achieved, place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Press child’s clean foot or hand into dough. Press hard enough to make a deep impression without going through to the bottom of the dough. *Hint* If an infant bears weight on legs, have child bear weight on one leg in dough to create a good impression.
    Place dough foot/hand impression into 200F oven for 3 hours (check on to ensure it doesn’t burn and turn around half-way through baking). If dough is not completely dry, set out to air dry. Please note that you do not have to use the oven and can have your salt dough air dry over several days. If you want to speed up the drying process without the hassel, just leave the mould to dry in a hot car.

    You can customize the design in many ways:
    •    Use straws to make symmetrical holes for hanging
    •    Pre-color dough by adding food coloring to water
    •    Paint after dough is fully dried (a nice toddler/pre-schooler art activity)
    •    Write child’s name and date with a sharpie after baking process
    •    Make a tarheel for a local sports fan

    The footprint/handprint plaque can be displayed in many different ways:
    •    hang on a nursery wall
    •    set it inside a deep/shadowbox frame
    •    display as a decorative plaque for everyone in the family to enjoy.
    Depending on how large you would like your canvas (or the size of your child’s foot), this recipe can make at least two plaques, plus enough dough for your toddler to play with for the rest of the afternoon.
    Add another special touch when presenting the footprint/handprint mould: sing a special father’s day song in person, record on video or present via Skype/Facetime for dads away from home.

    Daddy's Special Day
    sung to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

    Daddy, it's your special day
    You're the best in every way
    Thank you for the things you do
    You love me and I love you
    Daddy, it's your special day
    You're the best in every way

    Once you and your little one(s) have finished your masterpiece, please post on to (with daddy) so we can all see your piece of art. There may even be a special prize for the most creative piece of work!!

    My SweetArts is a new kind of enrichment class that uniquely combines music and art/sensory exploration for infants, toddlers, and families. All classes are conveniently held at University Mall, Chapel Hill.

    Summer 2012 Term starts the week of June 4. Spaces are still available for Sweet Peas (4-14 months) and Sweet Family (all ages). Please contact today to sign up. Spaces are going fast!

    Sweet Peas (4 – 14 months): Fridays at 10:45 AM
    Sweet Berries (14 – 24 months): Mondays at 10:45 AM
    Sweet Potatoes (2 – 3 years): Mondays at 9:20 AM
    Sweet Family (all ages): Fridays at 9:20 AM

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    At June 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM , Blogger Kara said...

    Cute! And sweet model :)


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