Thursday, December 15, 2011


Last night, I was home alone with the gang. Aaron had to work late. So I thought I could engage the kids with making those hand print ornaments. But I had this feeling that it was going to be a huge failure. And it was headed that way -Maggie was VERY crabby when I picked her up from daycare.

But I fed them pancakes with syrup, and all of a sudden I had happy kids! Behold, the power of sugar.

I had made the dough in advance, but I'm sure the kids would have loved being involved in measuring the dough. Instead of rolling the dough out with a rolling pin, I just squished it evenly with my palm. Worked out great. I wish I had done this sooner with Cam, as his prints are the size of small dinner plates!

I followed this recipe, but found that I needed more water to make it feel like dough. I'm planning on letting the kids paint them with their favorite colors and then I'll tidy them up with white paint highlighting the actual hand prints. The kids LOVED pushing their hands into the dough. If they pushed too hard and made a hole, I would just add a little extra dough and blend it in with some water. They turned out pretty well! Cam's were so big they were still a little bit soft when they were done, but I didn't want to risk them getting burned/brown so I figured a little soft is fine. Also - I read another blog who made these, and she recommended two holes vs one for stability since these are heavy.

Fun, quick project!


Heather said...

I'm glad to see someone else gives their kids pancakes for dinner. I did this just a few weeks ago for the same reason - crabby kids didn't like any of my dinner ideas. Ok. Fine. Pancakes it is so I don't lose my mind before bedtime!

I'm sure Cam and Maggie will love painting their hand prints. What a great idea!

Annette W. said...

Thanks for the link! I HOPE to make them again this year, too.

HereWeGoAJen said...

These are going ON THE LIST.

Brandy said...

I am SO going to be doing that this weekend! I had been wanting to do something with the kiddo's and this is PERFECT! So cute! :-)

Janet said...

Thanks for the idea! I did this last night with the kiddos.