Since every person's fingerprint is unique, a fingerprint keychain is a fun way for your kindergartener to leave her own special mark on a useful item. Help her make a keychain for herself or a loved one like Grandma or Grandpa!
What You Need:
- Wax paper
- Polymer clay
- Small glass bottle
- Bamboo skewer
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Jump rings
What You Do:
- Before your young crafter gets started, you will need to condition, or knead and stretch, the clay. First, tape a piece of wax paper down to your work surface.
- Show your child how to knead the clay, pushing it away with the heals of her hands. When she can fold a roll of clay in half without it cracking, it's ready.
- Help her break off a piece of clay that is about the size of a grape.
- Encourage her to make the clay into any shape she wants by rolling and mashing it.
- Once she has a shape she likes, help her carefully press her thumb into the center of the clay.
- If it doesn't look quite right, knead the clay back into a ball and try again.
- Let your child poke a bamboo skewer through the top of the clay.
- Use the same skewer to scratch your child's initials or name in the bottom of the clay.
- Now it is time to cure the clay. Preheat the oven and bake the charms according to the package instructions.
- When the charms have cooked and cooled, put a jump ring through the hole on each charm. Now it's just missing some keys!