George Washington's Play Quarters for Kids Pretend Fun

Did your child learn about Presidents Day at school this week? If they did learn a bit more about the presidents during school this week, then they might know this: Tomorrow, Feb. 22, 2013 would have been George Washington's 281st birthday. If you're looking to share more information about one of our country's founding fathers and enhance your child's educational experience, make a batch of Washington play quarters to add to their wallets this weekend.

Materials

  • Gray FIMO Effect clay
  • Small (1.5-inch) circle fondant cutter
  • Small rolling pin
  • Clay cutting tool
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Stylus tool or pen cap

Instructions

1. Start out by turning on your oven and setting the temperature to 230 F.

2. Break your brick of FIMO clay into four pieces and condition each in your hands. Do that by squishing the clay back and forth until it's easy to work with.

3. Take a section of clay and roll flat with a rolling pin. The desired thickness is 1/4 inch.
4. Next, take your circular fondant cutter and press into the clay. Twist the cutter back and forth to loosen the clay shape.

5. With a stylus tool, write "25" on the front of each coin. You don't need to press too hard to make the numbers show up. A stylus works best, but any tool with a point will work.

6. Continue this process until you've made the desired amount of coins you want to bake.

7. Place your coins on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place the sheet in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let the coins cool completely after baking.

8. Want more coins? Pick up some brown clay and make some small pennies, like we did!

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