Ages: 3 to 12
Time: one hour
Skills Required: cutting, painting
Materials: unflavored gelatin, bowl, measuring cup, old magazines or other sources of pictures, water, paintbrush, aluminum foil, paper
The first step in this project is to choose the images that the children would like to make into stickers. But don’t worry, there are oodles of sources of interesting and fun pictures:
Making Things Stick
After the children have gathered all of the pictures that they want to make into stickers and carefully trimmed around the image, it’s time to make the solution that will be used to transform the pictures into stickers. Since the solution “sets” fairly quickly, make sure that all of the images are gathered before beginning the process of mixing the solution:
1. First, empty one packet of unflavored gelatin into a small bowl.
2. Carefully measure one-half cup of warm water and add to the bowl of gelatin powder.
3. Stir the mixture until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
4. Use a paintbrush to brush the gelatin solution onto the back of each of the pictures.
5. Let the pictures dry, sticky side up, on a piece of aluminum foil. Once dry, the stickers don’t become “sticky” until they are moistened and can be stored for later use.
When the kids are ready to use the stickers that they’ve created, all they have to do is lick the back of the picture and adhere it to whatever they want. The dry gelatin is completely tasteless and safe for kids to ingest. Make sure to provide guidelines about what surfaces are OK for stickers (paper, notebooks, maybe even a lunch box) and what surfaces are off-limits (walls, furniture and dad’s tummy).
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