Homemade Clay

The other day, while I was putting some books back in Turner’s library, I came across The Little Hands Art Book. I started flipping through and came across some great ideas! I don’t know why I still feel like Turner is too little to do things like this, but it was actually perfect! I found an activity for Clay Hand-print Paperweights. It had the recipe for the clay and everything! I wrote out the recipe at the end of the post if you want to try at home!

I measured out all of the ingredients, and Turner poured them into the bowl.

He mixed the dough until my OCD kicked in and I took over. Then I gave him the rolling pin and the dough to play with. He loved that!

While he played with one chunk of dough, I’d knead the rest to get it ready for hand-prints! We rolled the three discs out, and then I pressed his hand into each. I used a knife to trace the edges so the hand-print wouldn’t get lost when the clay baked.

They came out so cute, and they actually were a lot of fun to make! Turner loved it too. Now I’ll have a little piece of him while I work everyday!

Clay Handprint Paperweights
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup salt
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. 3/4 cups water
  4. Food coloring (optional)
  5. Paint (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients with a spoon (except food coloring) until dough forms. Add water if too crumbly.
  2. Add food coloring and knead dough until soft dough forms and color is even.
  3. Separate dough into 3 even balls.
  4. Use rolling pin to flatten balls of clay to 1 inch thickness.
  5. Press hand and fingers firmly into the clay to make a handprint.
  6. Use a knife to trace the edges of the hand.
  7. Bake at 300*F for 30 to 60 minutes until completely hard.
  8. Feel free to paint designs on the paperweight after it cools!
Adapted from The Little Hands Art Book
Adapted from The Little Hands Art Book
Little Baby Watson http://littlebabywatson.com/

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