Toddler Activities: Silicone Molds and Plaster of Paris

Description

Toddler Activities: Make ornaments using silicone molds and paint. Appropriate for ages 2 and up. See variety of molds below to suit any occasion. Download and print the directions here for future reference: Plaster of Paris Ornaments

Materials

plaster of paris ornament using silicone mold
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Wilton 6 Cavity Silicone Snowflake Pan

  • Container and spoon to mix plaster

  • Tempera or Acrylic Paint

  • Brush

  • If you want to be able to have the option to hang it up: Yarn or Ribbon

  • Acrylic sealer spray if you want to add shine. (Adult step only)

Steps

  • Mix plaster in container according to directions.
  • Fill Mold with Plaster.
  • If you want to hang: Let dry for 2 minutes, then attach ribbon by pressing it gently into plaster at top.
  • Let dry and pop out of the mold.
  • Paint and let dry.
  • An iridescent or glitter paint will add shine or you can spray with Acrylic Sealer.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Due to the powder consistency of Plaster of Paris before adding water, mix out of reach of children. You might even consider using a face mask to prevent breathing in the powder.
  • I used both tempera and acrylic on plaster and they both work well. If it is a young toddler I'd recommend tempera since its easier to wash off.
  • Use a glitter paint to add sparkle or sprinkle on wet plaster or paris or paint.
  • For additional shine, an adult can spray acrylic onto finished project.

Other Ideas

Valentines Hearts
This heart was made using a Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold Pan
Cute ornament that you can hang, use as a paperweight or give as a gift. Have your child paint, let dry and you can even write on it with paint pens to personalize for a special gift.
heart ornament using a silicone mold
Easter Eggs
Here is an idea for Easter using a silicone Easter Egg mold. Great Make and Take Party activity. Just make the eggs ahead of time and have paint and brushes ready.
easter egg made with silicone mold