Kids even at a young age can make a clay plaque for their grandma. You can even make the clay for this project with some ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. It only takes some water, all-purpose flour, table salt and food coloring to mix a batch or two of this clay.
Recipe for Homemade Clay
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of water
1 cup of salt
Any color of food coloring (this is optional)
Mix the flour, salt, water, and food coloring (if using) together with a spoon and your hands, if need be, until it is clay consistency. You may need to adjust water or flour amounts to get the desired texture. You can then store this clay in the refrigerator in plastic bag or storage container covered with some plastic wrap. This clay needs to stay moist to stay workable.
Additional Optional Materials
Stiff wire may be desired for a hanger on the back of the plaque. You may want to have some non-toxic paint available, so that you child can paint the plaque. A child safe instrument for etching name in plaque (plastic play knife or something similar) and brush to apply paint may also be required.
Directions for Making the Plaque
Take a piece of clay and shape it into a circular form about 2 to 3 inches in depth and large enough around for your child’s handprint to fit in the center of it. You can roll the clay with a rolling pin or just shape it by hand smoothing the top. Then have your child press one of his/her open hands into the clay just deep enough to leave an imprint.
Cut the wire into a small section and bend it to make a hanger (optional), press the open ends into the back of the clay and cover them with clay. Have the child etch his/her name on the back with the date. This clay plaque can be air dried until it is dry all the way through, the time this takes could vary according to the humidity in the air.
After the plaque is completely dry, let your child paint the plaque around the handprint, while leaving the handprint the color of the clay. Let the paint dry and it is ready to give to grandma.