I suppose my blog is in synchronicity with the season, in that our learning activities have really decreased since we choose to spend most of our time unscheduled and with outside play. I’ve went back to work part time and my daughter is going to preschool two days a week during that time. We are still doing a lot but it tends to be unscheduled and without a camera. Winter is so very long, so I want to take full advantage of being outside. So many Summer activities do not seem to welcome the addition of a camera. Take yesterday, we went swimming at the river, but I worried about the camera getting wet so it was left at home. However, I actually do have a project to post today! This project was supposed to have been completed for Father’s Day but I was really sick around that time so it was put off for a while.
At one point I had the directions on my computer, but they seem to have disappeared so I’m going to post this by memory. The only things you need are some QuickCrete, a bucket, a shovel to stir the concrete, stones to embellish, and some plastic plant saucers.
- Going by the directions on the Quickcrete bag, add a little water until the consistency is like brownie batter. Here is where I made a huge mistake. Mixing the concrete was a little more difficult than I’d thought it would be, so I added way too much water. This made it difficult to add the fingerprints.
- Once the batter is ready, pour it into the plant saucers. Let it sit for about 30 minutes before adding stones or handprints.
- Have your little one set their hands down to make fingerprints. Immediately wash their hands. This is also the time to have your little one add marbles, rocks, shells, or however else they want to decorate the stones.
- We still have plenty of Quickcrete to make more stones. Next time, we won’t add so much water and hopefully we can write on the stones.
- Let them sit for about 2 days.
- I didn’t coat my saucers with Pam but I’ve heard that if you do that you can reuse the saucers. I simply tore mine off.
Great project for your little ones to decorate that costs under $10!