Mom, I love you deeper than the (clean) sea!
The best gift for Mom? Well, flowers are always a favorite, but for a mother, nothing can beat her own kid's handmade gift!
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So this year we came up with an idea for a very special Mother's Day Gift. We asked ourselves, "what do moms love most?” Sharing moments of joy with their little ones, of course! So we set about finding a way to have a memory of those special moments imprinted forever in our minds. A framed imprint! And what if actually that imprint could be also positive for the planet?
We at moblì believe that sustainability is not just a wish, but rather it is our responsibility. For this reason, this year we have thought of a sustainable gift that makes mom and the planet happy. Sustainability means giving a future to our planet, to our children and to the generations to come and that is why we base our development model on the three fundamental principles of sustainability: environmental integrity, economic efficiency and social equity..
Mom and the planet will be happy!
Moblì® care about their environmental impact and that is why we select only FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood, a standard that regulates the proper forest management and traceability of derived products.
In order to optimize the use of our raw material, this year we decided to upcycle beautiful and sustainable wooden frames from the wood used for our Learning Tower. This way, you can have a permanent and waste-free handprint of your little one, while generating a positive impact for the planet and a beautiful memory for your family. Are you ready? Follow these 4 simple steps:
1. Prepare your Homemade Natural Finger Paint
There are several options for imprinting your little one's foot or handprint: you can use special inks, tempera, or the finger paint you find in any stationery store. We encourage you to try our recipe and create your own eco-friendly and non-toxic Homemade Finger Paint.
Super safe and easy to make. You can actually prepare this Finger Paint with supermarket ingredients, and although it's "edible," it's flavorless so it discourages babies from eating it.
----> Suitable for babies and toddlers 6 months and up
2 Cups Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon of Salt
3 Cups of Room Temp Tap Water
Q/b Food Coloring
In a small saucepan, pour salt, cornstarch and water. Turn the stove on low heat and stir thoroughly so that no lumps form. The mixture will begin to thicken and you'll notice a few light glue-like streaks. As soon as they appear, turn off the heat and keep stirring. It will continue to thicken until it takes a wonderful cream-like consistency.
Divide into small jars (if well covered, it can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge!). Add the food coloring and stir until it' s completely blended. Remember that food coloring is super concentrated! Add food coloring one drop at a time and experiment mixing them to get new colors!
TIP: If the paint gets too thick in the fridge, whisk in a little more tap water and stir vigorously until it returns to its smooth consistency. You can also pop it in the microwave and it will be ready in the blink of an eye!
If it goes too thin put it back on the heat and cook for a little longer.
Want to use only 100% natural ingredients? Check out how to create bright purple from beetroot or vibrant green from spinach here!
2. Time to Get Muddy!
First of all, make sure you have everything you need right on hand! You don't want to find yourself having to open the paintbrush drawer when you have all your hands covered in paint. And now, Ready... Set... Go!
Apply a paint layer to your child's hand.
Instead of putting their hand inside a container with paint, apply it with a brush or with your fingertip. It tickles! Spread it evenly over their little hand until it is completely covered in paint.
Press his little hand onto the printing surface.
Before you hand-stamp the wood surface, do a few tests on paper. When you feel confident, guide their hand over the wood and gently press it down to make sure a nice print comes out!
Now repeat with the other hand. You can use different colors for each hand or even for each finger!
- Let dry for 12 hours or until solid and dry to the touch.
3. The Final Details
As with great artist's masterpieces, the final details for the exhibition are as important as the work itself.
At this point you will need a pencil, a ruler and a hammer to accurately apply the little hook included in your DIY Gift Kit. First, you'll need to decide where you'd like to place it: flush with the edge or hidden behind the frame? Take some measurements to find the horizontal center of each frame and place the hook.
Taking one nail at a time (also included in your DIY Gift Kit), hold it steady with one hand and give it a little tap with a hammer to pin it in place.
...and voilà! Finished artwork!
Want more tips on how to hang your paintings properly, making sure they line up perfectly? Follow this link for Easy Hacks to Hang Your Frames!
4. Hang it up and go on learning while playing!
Sensory painting is a great activity for entertaining, stimulating children's learning and sensory development. From a very early age, children love to paint, experiment and get dirty with color..
Finger painting is a wonderful activity for exercising your baby's little fingers, which are not yet able to handle the finer movements of a brush or crayon. Finger painting represents an excellent opportunity to teach children different concepts and to help them develop different skills such as:
- Sensory development
- Fine motor skills development
- Hand-eye coordination development
- Language development
- Senses exploration to discover new textures and sensations
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