Easy Salt Dough Prints for Father’s Day!

If (like me!) you’re having a last minute panic about Fathers Day gifts then here’s the answer…..salt dough prints are fun to make and a lovely keepsake! Plus MUCH more personal than a pair of socks or undies!!!

 

To make the salt dough :

a cup of flour

half a cup of salt

3/4 cup of water

a squirt of ready mix paint to colour your dough

Mix the dry ingredients well first then add the water gradually, stirring until a dough begins to form. Squirt in your paint then get your hands it – knead the dough well until the colour is spread evenly and you have a smooth firm dough.

If it’s too sticky add a little more flour, if too dry and crumbly make a small well and then add in a teaspoon of water before kneading again

Flatten and shape your dough to the required shape!

Now it’s time to take your prints! Reading our blog post on how to get a good print from a baby or toddler might help – that was all about painty prints but some common principles apply! Press the foot/hand gently into the dough and press down to get a lovely clear print

If you have older kids you could get them to decorate the print at this point – you can press in beads or sequins or sprinkle with glitter in true ARTventurers style!

And if you are going to add holes for hanging as a hanging plaque then do this now too – you can do this by pushing a pen or pencil into the dough or using something thin like a skewer

To dry your print – you can air dry it for a few days in a warm and sunny spot OR you can bake it on a low heat in the oven for a couple of hours. Please keep checking it carefully if you are oven drying and DON’T use this method if you have decorated it with beads or sequins as they will just melt!

A layer of clear varnish is recommended to seal your finished plaque!

You can also add name/age with a sharpie marker – or any other Father’s Day message you like!

 

Our visit to Leeds with Bump Baby and You!

Last month saw us heading off to Leeds to meet lots of GORGEOUS little ones and their grown ups at a Bump Baby and You event in Leeds at Yoga Hero

It was a lovely afternoon filled with coffee, cake, chat about all things parenting from sleep and teething to slings, pregnancy cravings and unusual baby names and we had the pleasure of painting lots of teeny feet to create some gorgeous keepsakes!

A BIG thank you to Bump Baby and You for inviting us along to such a lovely event – and we all got to take home a goodie bag and some cupcakes too, BONUS!!!

 

Introducing our newest branch……

…say hello to Emma who will be launching ARTventurers baby and preschool classes in Selby, Tadcaster and Goole!

We’re really excited to have Emma on board – she’s the mum of two little ARTventurers of her own and with a degree in Early Years Education and over 10 years experience as a nursery leader we just know she’s going to be a brilliant addition to the team!

You can find out more about Emma’s ARTventurers classes, events and parties in Selby, Tadcaster and Goole on her webpage and keep up to date with all the news over on her branch Facebook page too!