All mothers have a lot of jewelry, don’t they? Most mothers, including myself, have literally no time to even breathe, forget organize and sort my jewelry or closet especially in this lock down and that too in Ramadan.

My pet peeve is rings and I leave them all over the place. Wouldn’t it be just so nice to have a place to leave all of my favourite rings and find them in the exact same place the next day?

So today lets make a handmade jewelry holder and ask your kids to help in so they get busy too.

Materials required:

  • A pack of modelling clay
  • A bowl of water
  • A shallow bowl
  • Poster paints
  • A paint brush
  • A blunt spatula
  • A pencil
  • A plastic sheet
  • A kid’s apron

Time Required: 20 minutes
Ages: 4-7 years old children

Steps to be followed:

  • Push the clay in a smooth circle on the plastic sheet on the table.
  • Take out some modelling clay from the packet and wet your hands with water in the bowl.
  • Ask the child to also wet his hands and spread out the clay.
  • Guide him in flattening out the clay into a circle at least half an inch thick.
  • The child should be able to place his hand palm down on the clay.
  • Use the sharp end of the pencil to trace out the child’s hand.
  • Separate the excess clay till you have created on the plastic sheet in front of you, a hand shape made of clay.
  • Using the spatula (if you don’t have a spatula use an ice cream stick), carefully lift up the hand and place it in the shallow bowl.
  • Add glitter/ sequins/ mirror bits to the wet hand to make it truly your own.
  • Allow it to dry in the sun or use a hair dryer to dry it out.
  • Once the hand is fully dried out, use poster paints and a paint brush and paint the hand leaving it in the bowl.
  • After the paint has dried out, you can lift it out, place it on the table and use your brush to add last touches.

This activity is amazing for helping young children develop their gross motor and fine motor skills and also for building in them a sense of accomplishment on seeing a piece of pottery made by them on their mother’s dressing table.

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