Souvenir prints

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This activity is suitable for children of all ages and can be done at regular intervals to keep precious memories of your child's first years of life. Even babies can participate. 

Make sure, however, that your child is not allergic to any of the products used.

Equipment

  • 100g of flour
  • 25 g salt
  • 80 ml hot water
  • Food coloring
  • 4 l plastic round container lid

STEPS

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. If the dough seems dry, add water, a small amount at a time.
  • Make a ball with the dough and spread it in the lid so as to form a circle about 2.5 cm thick.
  • Ask the child to print their hand or foot in the dough. Carefully remove the dough from the lid, bake in the oven at 65 ° C for 1 to 2 hours.
Tip: To hang the imprint on the wall, make a hole in the dough before baking it. Let cool. Decorate and paint. The imprint can make a wonderful gift or souvenir.

The benefits

This activity puts into practice the parenting approach Comfort, play and teach and participates in your child's development in the following way:

  • Comfort: Your child will be happy that you spend time with him or her to do this activity. By pointing out to him how big he is and how much you like to see him grow, you make him feel secure and make him feel like you love him.
  • Play: Once your child's footprint is complete, have fun imagining the size of it once it grows.
  • Teach: Any activity that requires mixing ingredients is good for teaching. You can, for example, present the ingredients and their characteristics to your child, and then let them observe what happens when they are combined. You can also discuss with him the changes that will occur in his body as he grows up. To extend the fun of this activity, consult a book at the library or a website to find animal prints and compare them with your child's.