Activity: Big hands, small hands
- Patch plaster or plaster of paris, mixing bowl, sturdy paper plates
- 45 minutes plus drying time
- Art & design
Children love to compare the size of their hands with grown-up hands. So, why not try a real hands-on activity with your child? Create plaster casts of your and your child’s handprints. Your child can measure her growth over the years, and you'll have a cherished reminder of those once small hands.
- Mix four cups plaster of paris according to directions on the package.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir ingredients until thick (plaster of paris becomes the consistency of thick stew in just a few minutes).
- Pour the plaster onto two paper plates.
- Wait one or two minutes, then have your child press her hand lightly into the plaster on the first plate.
- Now press your hand lightly into the plaster on the second plate.
- Let the handprints dry overnight before peeling the paper plate from the print.
Plan on a decorating session with paints, stickers, glitter and costume jewelry to personalize the handprints, including signing and dating the back. Attach a picture hook on the back and hang the handprints. How long will it take before your child's hand is the same size as yours? Or bigger?
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