Since Lock Down, I’ve had to fill my afternoons with activities for my toddler. Going to the park or soft play or seeing friends/family isn’t an option, so I started doing things like: music time, story time, more garden play, messy play and painting! Olivia gets bored of painting quite quickly and she’s still too little to do proper art projects. So why not have some fun with it? So we tried some handprint art!
I found ton of handprint art for kids ideas on Pinterest so, I thought I would recreate some of my favourites. You can do these in paint or card. You can make these into greeting cards or gifts for loved ones. I love these because not only is it a fun activity for you and your kid but it’s also a treasured keepsake. Something you can look back on and reminisce on when they were small.
All you need for these crafts is:
- kid-safe paint
- coloured card
- felt tips
- child’s hand
1. Flamingo Handprint Card
- Make an outline of your child’s hand on pink card.
- Draw the neck and head of the flamingo to roughly the same size as the hand.
- Cut both out and attach with tape or glue.
- Draw some legs, cut out and attach with tape or glue.
- Write your message on the back.
2. Dinosaur Handprint Card
- Make an outline of your child’s hand on card (colour of your choice) ensuring your child’s fingers line up with the edge of the card.
- Fold the card so the fold lines up with the edge of your child’s wrist.
- Cut out hand ensuring you cut through both layers of card while keeping the fold by the wrist. You should be left with a hand shaped card.
- Draw head and neck of dinosaur in the same coloured card. Cut out and attach to the back of the card with the hand facing down (so the fingers are like the legs and tail).
- Draw on eyes, nostrils, mouth and any other features of your dinosaur. You could even use goggley eyes for your dinosaurs to make them extra cute!
- Write your message inside.
3. Family Handprint Art
This one is my favourite and makes the perfect gift! You can also do this with paint but I preferred it with card)
- Draw an outline of your child’s hand in their choice of coloured card. Cut it out.
- Do the same with members of your household until you have a collection of different coloured handprints.
- Layer them so the smallest is on top and the largest is on the bottom. Secure together with glue.
- Frame for a gift. This would also look great in the centre of a wreath for the holidays or a Christmas ornament. You could write people’s names on them and the date on the back for a memento that will last forever.
4. Volcano Handprint Art
I think this one is so cute! Again, can be made into a card or gift. This can also be done with paint. Instead of cutting out your child’s handprint just get them to make a handprint in paint.
- Make 2 outlines of your child’s hand. One on yellow card and one on orange card. Cut them out.
- Draw and colour in a volcano. You could print one off or get your kids to draw one (even better).
- Use the handprints as lava spewing out the top of the volcano. Glue the card cut-outs or get your kids to make a handprint in paint at the top of the volcano.
- Decorate how you wish.
5. The Hungry Caterpillar Handprint Art
We had the most fun making this one!
- Paint your child’s palm green with kid-safe paint and their 4 fingers (not their thumb) in blue kid-safe paint.
- Make a handprint on white paper/card.
- Repeat until you have 3 handprints next to each other.
- Paint a red circle for the caterpillar’s head (or use a round sponge stamp like we did).
- Once fully dry, draw on the antennae and nose. I made the eyes with yellow card and drew on his pupils then attached with glue.
6. Seasonal Tree Handprint Art
I love the idea of this project because it would be a great activity to teach children about the seasons. You could get them to make 4 of these (one for each season) and make their tree look different for every season. For example, Spring could have light green and pink/yellow dots, Summer could have dark green, light green and red dots, Autumn could have orange, red and brown spots and Winter could have none (make it a snowy scene). I made an Autumn one because it’s my favourite season.
- Place your child’s hand in the middle of the page. Draw around your child’s hand and arm. Colour or paint it in brown. This will be the trunk of the tree.
- Using your chosen colours, create the leaves making it more crowded around the trunk of the tree and gradually getting more spaced out away from the trunk. I used felt tips to make the dots but I love the idea of kids using cotton buds and paint to make this.
If you want to see more fun things to do with your little ones, check out my Pinterest! I have a “Kids Activities” board and a “Toddler Activities Board”: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ramblingsoflottie/boards/
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