*Six years ago, I was given the title “Craft Ideas for Children Ages 6 to 8 Months” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on July 22, 2010. Here is a short snippet of the article. Then, click through to finish reading it on eHow.
A baby’s ability to participate in crafts, especially between the ages of 6 to 8 months, proves limiting. Age-appropriate crafts for infants typically include the use of hand prints, fingerprints and footprints. However, an infant’s exposure to such crafts gives him his first chance to explore textures. Participating in crafts with infants provides opportunities for infants and adults to interact, which helps improve bonding and self-esteem at an early age.
Purchase Plaster of Paris from a craft store. Mix it according to the directions on the packaging and pour it into a round plastic lid or bowl. Line the lid or bowl with petroleum jelly before pouring in the mixture for easy removal once the plaster dries. Gently place the baby’s hands into the Plaster of Paris until an indention forms around the baby’s hands and fingers. Pull the baby’s hands away and clean them immediately and thoroughly to prevent accidental ingestion. After the plaster dries, sand the edges for a smooth finish. Either leave the project as is or paint the baby’s prints blue, pink or whatever color you choose. Display the prints on an easel or apply a hook to the back for hanging.
Create another type of memento by painting the baby’s hand with tempera paint and placing her hands on a pillowcase, T-shirt or hat. Add a short sentiment and date. Keep the craft for yourself or give it to a grandparent for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or a birthday gift. [Finish reading this article here on eHow.]