To make bread charms, my daughter and I gathered white bread, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, a straw, yarn, white glue and paint.
My daughter rolled the bread flat to make it easier to cut with the cookie cutters. Using the rolling pin helps to build hand and arm strength as well as dexterity.
Sophia used the heart and star shaped cookie cutters for her charms. She needed to use a bit of arm strength and control to cut out the shapes.
She poked holes in the shapes with a straw.
Sophia wanted to give these charms to her friends for a Valentine's day present, so she cut out charms for each of her classmates. We let the charms dry and harden over night on a cooling rack. The cooling rack allowed air to reach both sides of the charms.
Once the charms were hardened, we mixed non-toxic paint and children's glue together. The glue helped to seal the charms so that they wouldn't get moldy.
Sophia and I worked together to create a palette of paint colors. She painted the charms on a cooling rack set in a baking tray. Since she painted both sides at once, the cooling rack helped to dry the charms evenly.
Sophia enjoyed painting the charms for her friends. She talked about different color combinations and her friend's favorite colors.
We let the charms dry overnight.
Here is a close-up of a charm. It has interesting texture.
My daughter threaded the charms with yarn and I helped her to knot them.
Sophia told me that her friends wore the charms all day at school. What a fun home-made gift! These would make lovely Christmas ornaments as well!