Over spring break this year, my momma, L and I took a little trip down to Myrtle beach for some fun, sun and sand.    It was a great week, and my little man loved the every part of the beach.  With some inspiration from Crystal and Pinterest I decided to commemorate the trip with a fun craft!  I decided making “sandprints” (sand handprints) made with sand clay  would be the perfect craft because, 1. it would be super cute, 2. it would be easy and 3. I had everything I needed!   What more could you want in a toddler craft?!?!

I decided to gather our sand and shells at the beach but actually do the crafting part back home in good old Maryland. At first, in true crafter form, I wanted to have only whole, perfect shells to go with my craft, but when I saw the fun L was having picking up all the shells he could find how could I not decide that those would be the shells we would use.  Together, we collected shells for a good half hour, which is like 3 hours in toddler time!  I was so proud of him! He was verrryyyy particular, I picked up several that he then promptly threw back on the ground haha!! He also only wanted me to hold them, not put them into a bag or bucket!  The kid has opinions and they are STRONG! In order to avoid picking the wrong sand, I let him hang out with Mimz while I went and collected some in a plastic bottle.  I found a “recipe” for sand clay on Pinterest, but I had to tweak it a bit so I have included what I ended up using.  As with all dough, add the wet ingredients slowly a little at a time.  If the dough is too sticky, try adding more sand or flour.


Sand Clay Recipe:

  • about 2 1/2 cups of sand
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/4 cup salt
  1. In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients together.  Make sure it is all blended together well.
  2. Add in the water and mix with your hands.  If it is too sticky, add more dry ingredients, if it is too dry, add more water, a tiny bit at a time.
  3. Dump out your “dough” and divide it up, I made 5 small “sandprints”, so I divided it into fifths and rolled it out to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. I then moved my dough to a cookie sheet.
  4. Create the print by pressing down carefully on each finger than gently picking up the hand.
  5. Decorate around them with small objects, we used our shells from our little hunt.
  6. Bake in a warm oven (about 250°) until it is hard and dry all the way through, if the top seems to be hard but the bottom is still wet, carefully flip the disk over.
  7. Let cool then enjoy looking at a super cute keepsake! (Or wrap them up as a homemade gift that is sure to please)

What kind of keepsakes do you like to get on trips?



Peace and Love,

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