Preserve your children’s foot or hand prints

Preserve your children’s foot or hand prints

What a beautiful way to preserve you little one’s tiny hands or feet! I have done this for each of my children and its wonderful to look back at them now and to see just how much they have grown!

Salt dough recipe:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • Half a cup of warm water

Method: Mix together into a large bowl and knead it until smooth and stretchy. This last part is important otherwise the dough remains sticky and quite granular from the salt. If it is still too sticky add a bit more flour, if too dry and crumbly then add a tiny touch more water.

Involve your child: Get your child involved in the  making and mixing. This is a great way for children to explore their sensory play experience as well as it is great for measuring, counting and strengthening those all important hand muscles too!

Once the dough was kneaded I divided it into equal parts and found a shallow bowl that was big enough to accommodate the full length of both feet. I then squished one part into the bowl and flattened it around to the edges.

Tease it away from the edges slightly and flip it out onto a plate. The underside is smooth with a lovely finish, perfect as a canvas for the footprints!

Bake in the oven for 3 hours at  100C.  They need to be placed on baking parchment or greaseproof paper so that they don’t stick. It needs to be on a very low heat for a length of time to thoroughly dry out and harden. If the oven is too hot they will rise and “cook”. The thinner the dough and the lower the temperature, the better these will turn out! If they are still doughy in the centre after 3 hours then turn them over and put them back in for another 2 hours.

If you want to hang yours on the wall then you need to add a hole with a straw before it goes in the oven.

 

 

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