Preschool Blog

Puppy Paw Prints

We recently received very bad news.  One of our dogs was diagnosed with cancer. Luckily, he doesn’t seem to be in any pain or discomfort, so we are enjoying all of our time with him!  This year, we have decided to have a birthday “paw-ty” for him!  He will be 11 years old on July 16th!  I thought it would be fun to create party favors for the guests using Chase’s paw print.  I found a recipe for salt dough on Pinterest that worked great, and made paw print ornaments!

Here are the materials that we used:
– 1 cup salt
– 1 cup flour, plus some extra
– ½ cup of water (we needed a little extra)
– wooden spoon
– big bowl
– rolling pin
– cookie cutter (we used a heart)
– straw
– wax paper
– parchment paper
– cookie sheet

img_3813 img_3811 First, you simply mix 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour, and a ½ cup of water.  We ended up adding some more water to get the right consistency.  After our dough formed a ball, I took half of it and placed it onto the wax paper. Make sure that you put down some extra flour first, or it will stick to the paper.  I also prepared my cookie sheet, but putting a piece of parchment paper onto it.  It kept the ornaments from sticking to the cookie sheet.  I used a rolling pin (again add some extra flour) to flatten the dough.  I then used the heart shaped cookie cutters to make some salt dough hearts, and placed them onto the parchment paper.  I then brought them over to Chase, who was surprisingly cooperative when I tried to put his paw into the dough.  I also did this with our other dog, so that we would have an ornament with her paw print, too.  Once the paw prints were complete, I used the heart shaped cookie cutter again, to make sure that the hearts still looked like hearts.  I then used a drinking straw to punch two holes at the top of the hearts so that they could be used as ornaments.  Finally, it was time to back the ornaments!  I placed them in a preheated oven for 3 hours at 200 degrees.  Once the 3 hours were up, I flipped the hearts over, and continued to bake them for an additional twenty minutes.  I plan to add to this craft at a later time.  I’m thinking about putting the dogs pictures on the back of the ornament, and possible painting them.

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