Plaster Hands

Here’s an activity I learned from a mom at a preschool I used to teach at. She told me about another school doing this and I just had to try it! I timed it with Mother’s Day and ended up doing every child in the preschool’s hands for the best Mother’s Day gifts ever! What a hit! The parents all raved! It’s similar to the project everyone’s done or heard of where you do a handprint of your child in plaster of paris. BUT…this is the reverse…instead of an imprint…you get the actual hand coming out of the plaster!

Supplies needed:

  • pie pan or some other dish in shape you want
  • playdough (use “The Best”…because it’s soft)
  • plaster of paris
  • water
  • paperclip or other hanger
  • watercolors/brushes

Step 1: Make playdough

Step 2: Squish playdo into pan, filling it about halfway…Playdo needs to be deep enough for child’s hand to make adequate impression in, but leave enough space in the pan for the plaster to make thick frame around. (At least 1 inch thick) Smooth it flat.

Step 3: Take child’s hand and press firmly into playdo. (No wiggling fingers!) Here’s the beauty of this version…if you mess up… resmooth the playdo & start over! Also…in the other version, child has to touch plaster… which gets hot as it dries & could be dangerous…But here, child never touches the plaster!

Step 4: Scratch (backwards) any name/date or message you wanton the project into the playdo.

Step 5: Prepare plaster of paris as instructed on package. Pour plaster into mold. Tap bubbles out.Unbend paper clip & press halfway into still-wet plaster, for hanger.

Step 6: Allow to dry overnight. (Or per instructions on plaster package).

Step 7: Remove playdo & allow child to paint their plaster hand! Use watercolors for tie-dye effect.
For extra effect…add metallic powder to paint for shimmer.

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