Quality Time Activities

Most of us would like to spend more time with our kids; but with all the demands on our time- school, work, friends, after-school activities- it may seem like we're constantly driving from activity to activity with no real time to connect with our loved ones.

Each month, the Family Focus section will feature a new activity that you can try out with your kids. These activities are designed to encourage you to spend quality time with your kids and to open up the lines of communication. The activities will also help to reinforce those important character traits and build your child's self-esteem.

September Activity - Back to School Keepsake


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • ½ cup of water
  • Red gel food coloring/paint
  • Green gel food coloring/paint
  • String
  • Glass cookie cutter
  • Photo


  1. Mix together flour and salt

  2. Add water. If using food coloring, mix it in the water before adding to salt and flour mixture.  Keep a small portion aside for green leaf.

  3. Roll out the dough to about a centimeter thick.

  4. Form an apple shape with the red dough.

  5. Press child’s hand into the clay.

  6. Using a cookie cutter, make a circle for the photo.

  7. Add leaf to the top.

  8. Add the date to the apple and holes for string

  9. Bake the apple keepsake for 3 hours at a low temperature of 160 degrees F.

  10. Place upside down overnight to cool.

  11. Add photo in the circle area, and string through the holes.

  12. Paint if you did not use food coloring.

Enjoy your new keepsake!


source: https://www.teach-me-mommy.com/apple-handprint-photo-keepsake/