The holiday season brings with it a whirlwind of excitement, family gatherings, and a chance to slow down and appreciate the little things. It’s a time when memories are made, often through simple, shared activities. In the spirit of creating lasting memories and embracing the joy of the season, why not engage in a creative project with your children? Making handprint steppingstones is not only a fun holiday break activity but also a wonderful way to capture a moment in time.
To begin, gather your materials. You’ll need a steppingstone kit, which you can find at any local craft store or from an online retailer. However, you may find that many of those kits only include the molds, so you’ll also need to source the concrete mix, which you can gather using materials from Four Corners Materials. If you’re going to piece everything together, you’ll need concrete mix, water, a mixing bucket, and a mold for your steppingstone.
Before diving into the fun, safety is paramount. Ensure that you and your children wear gloves and safety glasses when handling the concrete mix. It’s a great opportunity to teach your children about the importance of safety in any project.
Mixing the Concrete
Mixing the concrete is a step where you can involve your kids. Pour the concrete mix into your bucket and add water as directed. Let your children stir the mix, watching as it transforms from powder to a moldable consistency. This is not only fun but also educational.
Pouring the Mix
Once your concrete is ready, pour it into the mold. Make sure to smooth it out evenly. This is a crucial step to ensure your steppingstone has a flat, even surface.
Making the Handprints
Now for the exciting part – making the handprints! Have your children gently press their hands into the wet concrete. Encourage them to spread their fingers to make a clear impression. It’s a beautiful way to capture a moment in their childhood.
Customizing Your Steppingstone
While the concrete is still wet, you can add decorations. This could be anything from colored stones, glass pieces, or even writing your child’s name and the date. It’s a wonderful way to personalize your steppingstone.
Let it Set
After you finish decorating, let the steppingstone set undisturbed. Check the instructions on your concrete mix for the recommended curing time.
A Lasting Memory
Once dry, you can place your new handprint steppingstone in your garden or walkway. It’s not just a steppingstone; it’s a lasting memory of a special time spent together.
Creating handprint steppingstones with your children is more than just a holiday break activity. It’s a chance to bond, create and learn together. It’s about making memories that will be cherished for years to come. This holiday season, take the time to slow down and enjoy these simple, yet profound moments with your loved ones.