Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Finger Print Ornaments: 20 Days of a Kid Made Christmas

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If you have been a long time reader of our blog, you know that we spend a lot of time with process based art activities. This project allowed the children to assist in making clay dough, and in addition to creating our ornaments the children spent quite a bit of time playing with the clay.

I don't do a lot of product orientated projects with the children, but sometimes I like to help them create a keepsake or a product for their parents. As much as I value the process, I also know that there is also significant value in giving children the opportunity to witness and participate in creating a product. You can read more about our philosophy of art by clicking here, and you can read about why Sometimes We Craft by clicking here.

Christmas Clay

Our ornaments started out with a simple clay recipe.  When the children knew that our clay was going to be made into Christmas ornaments, the clay was officially named "Christmas Clay Dough". (You can find the recipe for this dough in yesterday's post by clicking here). 

After the dough had cooled, we rolled it out and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.  Then the children were given red and green ink pads.

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They "carefully" began to add their finger prints to the clay cut outs. We used a more permanent ink for this project (scrapbooking ink pads), but I'm sure it would work with the washable ink as well. Even without using the washable ink it washed off of the children's fingers quite easily.

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The children were allowed to add as many fingerprints as they liked and to make multiple ornaments- choosing from red, green, or white clay and a variety of shapes.  When the children were done adding their fingerprints the ornaments were ready to be dried. With the child's permission, I added their name, '13, and a small hole to each ornament with a sharp pencil.

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This clay will air dry if you let it sit out. We weren't that patient, so I put our ornaments in the food dehydrator on the craft setting at 115 degrees Farenheit (46 degrees Celcius).

You will have to dry your ornaments based upon how thick they are. When they are dry, you can simply add a string and hang them on your tree! (Or if you want them to be a bit more shiny you can spray them with clear acrylic spray).

This post is part of the 20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments hosted by Mama Miss


Would you like to join in on the fun too?!

Here’s how:

  1. Go to the landing page here, for this series that Melissa at Mama Miss is hosting.

  2. Just link a KID-MADE ornament you’ve created with your kiddos (limited to 2 a day).

  3. Add this pretty little ornament shaped button below to your blog post, or your sidebar, or somewhere on your beautiful blog letting me know you are joining in on the fun too!!


kidmadeornamentseries          4. Label the ornament button: 20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments

          5. Link the ornament button to: the landing page for this series.

The link up will be open from December 1st until December 21st for all entries.

Make sure to pop by these other fabulous bloggers too, that are participating in this series…

December 1st

Mama Miss

Here Come the Girls

Creative World of Varya

December 2nd

Housing A Forest


December 3rd


Crystal's Tiny Treasures

December 4th

Mama Smiles

One Perfect Day

Play Trains!

December 5th

Feels Like Home

How Wee Learn

December 6th

My Little 3 and Me

Glittering Muffins

Teach Beside Me

December 7th

The Connection We Share

Scribble Doodle and Draw


December 8th

The Library Adventure

Something 2 Offer

Learn with Play at Home

December 9th

The Pleasantest Thing

The Eyes of a Boy

Edventures with Kids

December 10th

Nothing if Not Intentional

Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Me & Marie Learning

December 11th

The House of Hendrix

Child Central Station

Happiness is Homemade

December 12th

eLeMeNO-P Kids

Coffee Cups and Crayons

Living Montessori Now

December 13th

Teach me Mommy

Mum in The Mad House

The Craft Train

December 14th



Imprints From Tricia

December 15th

True Aim Education

Sugar Aunts

The Life of Jennifer Dawn

December 16th

Powerful Mothering

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Tutus & Tea Parties

December 17th

Teach Preschool

Plain Vanilla Mom


December 18th

P is for Preschooler

Discovering The World Through My Son's Eyes

Busy Kids = Happy Mom

December 19th

Mama Miss

Glittering Muffins

December 20th

Tips From a Typical Mom

Rockabye Butterfly

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