Something that's cheap, it's almost free!
It's the perfect thing for a yucky day.
Kids will be content for hours to play.
I'll tell you now...
(plaster of paris)
(Yes, the snow is still lingering in the background)
I kid you not... this stuff is brilliant! All you need is:
- Plaster (you can purchase a giant tub of it from Home Depot for $5.00. It's enough plaster to make 20-30 molds depending on size)
- Water to mix it with (2 parts plaster to one part water)
- A plastic mold to put it into (you can buy them online for $2.00 or less) wait 30 minutes to pop the semi-dry plaster out of the mold and 24 hours for optimal dryness.
- Acrylic paints and paint brushes.
My sister brought this mold when she came to visit at Christmas and got us started. We even put the kids' hand print on the back of the snowman before the plaster was set.
Recently one of my daughters had a birthday party and sleepover at the house. Rather than going to one of those Paint-a-Pot places (you know, where you paint your own ceramic stuff?) and paying $10-15 per kid I made these plaster pieces at home for the kids to paint:
This one is incomplete, but you get the idea...
One word of caution: Watch out for the acrylic paint. If a person were to, say, allow that paint to dry on the kitchen table it would be permanent.