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Kids' Stepping Stones

Materials

  • bag of cement (buy at hardware or home store, about $3.00 for a big bag, get the kind that says premixed - just add water. Nothing fancy, just the end line stuff)
  • small, durable mementos to place in cement (I've used rubber frogs and bugs on one, a pacifier and a rattle in one, and hot wheels cars in one, in the past)
  • round 9 inch disposable cake pans (check to make sure children's feet fit in these, if not, use a larger size)

Directions

This project is easier than it sounds. Do it outside, because it gets messy! Mix cement with water according to directions on bag. Pour in tins. Let it sit until it is firm enough to hold a print. Place child's foot in center of tin and smoosh :) Try to not go all the way to the bottom. Place small knick knacks around foot print like a toy, etc., as listed above. Cement is hard to write in, but we were able to do initials with aquarium rocks. Let set. Cover with water to cure according to package directions. Let these set for a few days before removing from the tins.

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These can be buried in the garden as stepping stones, left out on the deck, or anywhere outside. Once hard, they are quite durable.

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June 27, 20170 found this helpful

I suppose you mean a child shoe print and not the print of his foot because cement burns even with a very short time contact with skin.

If someone wants to make the actual footprint use a plastic food film wrap to protect the skin and wash the skin immediately with water. To protect yourself : use alcali resistant plastic gloves and not just latex gloves, do not breath the dust when pouring the cement out of the bag, wear glasses to protect your eyes, wash your hands and protect them with cream or aloe vera sap. Be extra careful, cement burn is a chemical burn, most of the time you will not notice anything at first it is just a red mark on your skin and it takes sometimes a few days to notice the burn but it is as dangerous as a burn by flames because the burning continues to progress deeper in your skin after the contact has stopped. Apart from the burns cement also contains allergisers like chromium salts that can induce dermatitis.

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