Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hand Printing- Using PoP

Make a handprint of your child using Plaster of Paris. You can hang this cute decoration on the wall. It is fun botth for the parents and the kids

Materials required;
Plaster of Paris
Large plastic bowl (like a big cheese spread container) and stirrer (any old wooden stick)
An aluminum plate or a plastic lid
A large paper clip
Disposable plastic gloves
Permanent marker

1.This is a messy craft - wear old clothes and work outside if possible. Have an adult mix the plaster of Paris. Before starting, collect a large container to mix the plaster in and a wide container (like an aluminum plate or a plastic lid) to mold the handprint in.
2.Have an adult mix a small amount of Plaster of Paris with water in a sturdy container (a disposable plastic container is the easiest) - the plaster should be stiff but creamy. Do not mix the plaster with your hands - use a stick as a stirrer. Wear plastic gloves to protect your hands. Do not breathe in the plaster dust.
3.Pour the plaster into the flat container. Have the child quickly make a handprint (or a footprint) in the plaster. Wash the child's hand immediately afterwards (prolonged exposure to plaster can burn the skin).
4.Before the Plaster of Paris hardens, push a partly unfolded paper clip into the plaster (this is how you will hang it on the wall) - or use a straw to make a hole in the plaster. The plaster will be completely dry in about a day, but you can take it out of the molding container after about 20 minutes.
5.Don't forget to write the name of the child, the date, and the age of the child on the plaster using a permanent marker.. Happy printing


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