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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Clay Hearts

Kids love to make stuff. This is an activity where your child can make something, and you can have a cute memento to hang on to forever. I love memento . I got this idea from the Sibling's Busy Book.

You can make this work for all ages.

  • rolling pin
  • baking sheet
  • marker
  • butter knife
  • oven
  • zip-lock baggie if doing with baby
  • homemade clay (recipe below)
  1. Make clay. If your child is old enough to help with this process, let him!
  2. Grease baking sheet
  3. Have your child flatten the clay out on the baking sheet until it is 1-2 inches thick
  4. Draw a large heart on clay using marker
  5. Cut heart out with knife (this is for you)
  6. Have your children decorate the heart with other clay or making designs in the clay. This represents how each of them are in the gift receiver's heart. Awww. Cute
  7. Make a hole in the top of the heart with a pencil so you can put a string through it later
  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 300 degrees until exterior has formed a crust
For Baby
You can put clay in a baggie for baby and let her squeeze it. You can press her hand into the heart to make an impression.

  • 1 1/2 cup salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • food coloring
Mix the salt and flour in a bowl with a spoon. Add water gradually. When dough forms, knead it well, adding water if it is too crumbly or flour if it is too sticky It should be firm. If you want more than one color of clay, divide into separate bowls for adding food coloring.

1 comment:

Deborah Granick said...

We did this today and had loads of fun! I have a 3 yr old and almost 2 yr old and a 7 month old! We also cut out a big circle and all pressed our hands on it and then baked it and then painted it and decorated it with glitter! It will be a lively V-Day present for Nana! Thanks for the recipe and the idea!


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