Big hands, small hands
With your child, create an impression that will last a lifetime.
- Patch plaster or plaster or paris
- Mixing bowl
- Deep paper plates
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 or paint prints of your and your child’s hands. Your child can measure her growth over the years, and you'll have a cherished reminder of those once small hands.
For plaster casts:
- 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.