Rainy Afternoon Activity: Making Salt Dough Foot/Handprint Keepsakes
Instead, we now have rain, rain, more rain and the occasional storm. Last year I was fine with this, because he was crawling and only attempting to walk, and we had plenty of fun crawling all over the flat, but being stuck indoors all day these days, is not a pleasant experience!
After a couple of hours, I can literally see him start to bubble up and up with pent-up energy, and it comes out in tantrums, throwing heavy, breakable objects (usually towards me or my TV), screaming, and generally destroying our home.
So this winter is definitely one I need to prepare for, and a couple of weeks ago came my first test. Remember when it just rained non-stop? Pretty much like it is tonight actually!
After exhausting the usual car games, cooking in his kitchen, skimming the books and Cbeebies, the bubbling began. I googled indoor activities, and came across a really good site, full of ideas to take some of my pain away!
Salt dough keepsakes caught my eye, both because they looked gorgeous, and I had all of the ingredients.
I kitted us out in our aprons, and this is what we had to do:
The tricky bit was to then get Chunk’s foot and hand at the right angle to get a good print. Chunk tends to move whenever I’ve done prints before, so we had a number of tries before I managed to get some I was happy with. Next time, I will use thinner pieces to see if I will get a clearer print.
If you want to hang it up, poke a hole into it with a straw, before putting it into the oven, on greaseproof paper, for 3 hours at 100 degrees C. If this isn’t long enough, turn them over and put them back in- I had to do this, because I made them too thick, so they took longer to dry out!
Chunk LOVED painting his, and to be honest, I quite enjoyed doing it too.
Chunk’s painted piece is by far my favourite one, as he has mixed some gorgeous colours together, so it now has pride of place in my bedroom!
We are definitely going to do these again- I would love to do it every year, so I can look back and see how much he has grown. They will also be great gifts for family members.
I’ve learnt to be more careful with my ingredients (putting little by little into the bowl) and to roll it out quite thin so it will cook quicker, and as Chunk gets older, I imagine he will get more involved in the making-process, which will make them even more special to me!