Making Stepping Stones
This is an activity that is tons of fun and a
great avenue for creativity,
but adult supervision is definitely needed.
molds - pizza boxes, cake pans, etc.
concrete (fast setting) ~ face masks ~ bucket ~
water release spray,
or automotive oil ~ stirring utensils / trowel,
decorations for design (see below)
one inch hard cloth (wire screen) optional
For the mold use something that will be at least
two inches deep for the strength of the concrete.
A plastic, store bought form is good, but cake
tins or pizza boxes will do just as well.
Prepare the mold: After deciding on a mold,
prepare it with a release material. Coat the inside.
Plain automobile oil, corn oil, a baking spray,
all will work nicely.
Mixing the concrete takes muscles and fast
Be sure to cover your face with a construction
mask or a cowboy handkerchief mask.
That will be fun for the children.
Follow directions on the fast setting concrete.
The consistency should be a bit like biscuit
When pouring in the mold, pour half full and then
layer in some hard cloth or wire metal screening
Then continue to fill to about 1/4 - 1/2 inch
from the top of the mold.
Tapping the mold while pouring will help to level
the stepping stone and bring up any air spaces.
Then tap for about five minutes to eliminate
Designing the stepping stone:
The fun begins: Place items in the concrete in a
pattern. This is only limited by anyone's imagination.
Items that can be used are plastic bottle tops,
seashells, pieces of tile, marbles, booster (campaign) buttons, hand
prints, leaf prints, even pressing in a cookie mold for a pattern.
It is important to keep in mind to work rather
quickly and to press in the objects
far enough so they do not become tripping
obstacles later on.
If water accumulates on the top it can be blotted
Place in a semi-sunny place to completely dry in
Pop out of the mold. If there are rough edges
just use a metal file to smooth off.
Counter sink the stepping stones a bit in the
Enjoy and admire.
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