You can do this one at the beach or at home. I did mine at home.
Supplies: Large flat bottomed container, sand, plaster of paris, small bowl/cup, spoon, water bottle or hose with a mist attachment, little feet
Approximate cost: $7
Start with a flat bottomed container with about 6 inches of sand spread evenly over the bottom. Spray water over sand with a spray bottle or mist with the hose. You want enough water so that when the child steps down the sand will hold the footprint.
Help your child step into the sand pushing their foot down making sure the print is not too shallow. The deeper the print, the sturdier the cast will be. Gently lift the foot out of the sand. If the sand doesn't hold the footprint, it is too dry. Smooth out the sand, spray more water, and try again.
Once you get a good print, mix the plaster of paris and water together in a bowl with a spoon until the consistency of pancake batter. Pour evenly into the print to make the cast. Allow to sit about 30 minutes or until hard.
Take plaster cast out of the sand and gently wash off loose sand. Allow to completely dry.
- If you have multiple children and their feet are small, you can make two casts in the same container.
- I did this with 8 two-year-olds during Vacation Bible School. I found it easier with these little ones to pick them up and guide one foot into the sand.
- If you are mixing your plaster outside, you have to work quickly because it dries faster.
- The cast will harden faster if you set it out in the sun.
- If you want to make this something that can hang on the wall, you can add a hanger (paper clip opened up, or shaped wire) about 5 minutes after you pour the cast.
- If your plaster spread out over the sides of the print, you can gently break off the extra from the foot.
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