Browsing Category: With the kids

DIY Leaf Stepping Stones

What a great project for the kids!  Allowing them to make a semi permanent object to be displayed in the yard is very exciting for them.  They get to show off their creation to the guests at your house, and beam with pride as they explain the process with which they created them.  And, it will look great too!  I have some nice big hosta leaves I’d like to try this with.  I love the photo tutorial I found on I Am Trend too.

To make the cement for your casting I got some nice tips from a poster on Therpf.com, go pick up a bag of Portland cement (not concrete) Portland cement is just the powdered gray part no rocks or sand in it… It’s not hard to find, and everywhere that carries concrete should carry it… Also pick up some fine sand, not the cheap traction sand that has large chunks in it, you want the kids play sand that is nice and smooth…

The mix ratio can vary but 1 part cement to 2 (or 3) parts sand, is a good starting point… Play around a bit with the mix ratios, less sand will be more like plaster, glossy smooth and pretty brittle and flaky and too much sand will get you to the mortar consistency you have experienced already… BTW mortar is simply Portland cement with a high sand and lime dust content… You should be able to find a happy medium around the 1:2 or 1:3 mix ratio…

The 1 part Portland to 2 (or 3) parts sand will be close to your normal concrete consistency, smooth but not brittle…

If you need more strength, you can get some fiberglass flock or strands and mix that in as well…

Make sure to have the large ridges on the underside of the leaf facing up.

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DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

With the warmer weather coming, it’s time to start getting together my outdoor projects for my kids!  My boys could sit on the stone patio in my backyard for hours and paint.  So, I am really excited to make up a few batches of this outside sidewalk chalk paint for them!  Here is the recipe I found on Do It Yourself Pin.

It’s simply 1 part cornstarch to 1 part water. She made two muffin tins of paint and used 1-1/2 cups cornstarch and 1-1/2 cups water. Once it was all mixed up, she divided it among the 12 muffin cups, and added two drops of food coloring to each muffin cup!  That’s it.
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