Here’s an activity for even the smallest crafter in your house. A pebble style coaster with your little one’s handprint on. It’s a tactile, fun way to introduce artwork to your child, and also makes a lovely keepsake.

 

here's what you'll need...

  • Air dry clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Ink stamps
  • Clear varnish (we used yacht varnish, bought in a hardware store)
  • Paintbrush
  • Felt
  • Strong glue
  • Something to protect your work surface
  • Scissors
  • Pen

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here's how it's done...

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    Roll a piece of clay into a ball in your hands.

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    Then, on a protected surface, roll it out until it’s between 5 and 10mm using a rolling pin. Smooth out the edges with your hands to make a rounded pebble shape. Don’t worry about making the edges perfect as they’ll look a little more natural.

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    Cover your little one’s hand with the printing ink.

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    Then make a handprint on the clay. You may need to gently press the back of their hand to create an even imprint.

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    Felix and his dinosaurs joined in and made footprints across a couple more.

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    We made 6 in total, just enough for a nice set, and put them to dry in a safe place for a couple of days.

    Once they’d completely dried, we painted a couple of coats of varnish over the whole coaster to make it waterproof. An adult should help with this and ensure you are in a ventilated area.

    To stop the coaster slipping we lined the base with felt and stuck it down with a strong glue (another job for the adult).

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    Minnie loved getting her hands messy and Felix enjoyed making dinosaur tracks that looked like fossils. You can print most textured items onto your coasters in this way, what will you choose?

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By Claire Dearing on 04.09.15

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