6 Handprint Art Projects for Kids

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
  • scissors
  • tape/glue
  • felt tips
  • pencils/pens
  • child’s hand

1. Flamingo Handprint Card

  1. Make an outline of your child’s hand on pink card.
  2. Draw the neck and head of the flamingo to roughly the same size as the hand.
  3. Cut both out and attach with tape or glue.
  4. Draw some legs, cut out and attach with tape or glue.
  5. Write your message on the back.

2. Dinosaur Handprint Card

  1. 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.
  2. Fold the card so the fold lines up with the edge of your child’s wrist.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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!
  6. 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)

  1. Draw an outline of your child’s hand in their choice of coloured card. Cut it out.
  2. Do the same with members of your household until you have a collection of different coloured handprints.
  3. Layer them so the smallest is on top and the largest is on the bottom. Secure together with glue.
  4. 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.

  1. Make 2 outlines of your child’s hand. One on yellow card and one on orange card. Cut them out.
  2. Draw and colour in a volcano. You could print one off or get your kids to draw one (even better).
  3. 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.
  4. Decorate how you wish.

5. The Hungry Caterpillar Handprint Art

We had the most fun making this one!

  1. Paint your child’s palm green with kid-safe paint and their 4 fingers (not their thumb) in blue kid-safe paint.
  2. Make a handprint on white paper/card.
  3. Repeat until you have 3 handprints next to each other.
  4. Paint a red circle for the caterpillar’s head (or use a round sponge stamp like we did).
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 liked this, you may also like: Fathers Day Crafts For Kids
Super Easy Valentine Crafts To Do With Your Kids
At Home Activities For Toddlers
Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

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/

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. It really does mean a lot. Keep your eyes peeled because I have some very exciting things coming out on the blog in the next week. Two posts in particular I am incredibly excited to announce to you! See you soon! xx

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Fathers Day Crafts For Kids

Father’s Day is coming up and with everything in short supply, at the moment, why not make something for Dad, Grandad, Step-Dad or father figure in your life? Not only does it mean more but it’s also a fun activity for the kids and some of these you can treasure forever! Without further delay, here are my favourite Father’s Day crafts for kids!

Following in your footsteps craft

This piece is great because you can turn this into a card, framed artwork or even do this on a canvas! Not only is it super cute but it’s a life long memento. You are encapsulating your little ones’ feet (not forgetting the super cute toes) in a piece of artwork that will last a lifetime. In years to come you can look back on it and reminisce about the times they were small.

All you need to do is (carefully) paint the bottom of “Dad’s” shoe with kid paint (I used a sponge to minimise the mess on the sole) then carefully press it onto your card or canvas.

Wipe the paint off of the sole of the shoe with a damp cloth. Then, using a different colour of kid-friendly paint, paint the bottom of your child’s foot and make a print in the middle of “Dad’s” shoe print.

You can write anything you like around it but I thought ‘Following in your footsteps’ fitted nicely here.

And there you go! A perfect gift, or card, for Father’s Day.

Father’s Shirt Card

This is probably for the older kids but I love how versatile this can be. For younger children, you could use white paper and make the shirt in advance for them to colour in and design their own shirt for Dad.

Shirt Cards

How to make shirt cards

Equipment

  • Coloured card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Shirt buttons/stickers/pens

Instructions

  • Fold a piece of, either A4 or A5, card in half.
  • Cut 1/3 of the way into the card near the top ensuring you cut through both layers. Do the same on the other side.
  • Open your card and cut down the spine to meet your first cut.
  • On the back page of your card, join the cuts you made so you remove a strip from the top.
  • On the front page of your card, fold over the top pieces until the top corners meet in the middle and form your collar. Secure with glue.
  • Cut out a tie/bow tie from different coloured card. Decorate and glue into place.
  • Draw buttons on the shirt or use stickers. If you are making a larger card, you could even design it so the tie lifts up to reveal a special message!

You could use real buttons you have laying around and just glue them on, or even stickers! I have even seen people colouring bow pasta (raw) and gluing them on to look like a bow tie! GENIUS!

‘Dad’ Finger Paint Card

Again, I know I put ‘card’ in the heading but you could easily frame this or do this activity on a canvas.

Simply cut out your letters in card and using tape folded over on itself (so it’s sticky on both sides) attach it to the card.

Then your child can paint all over the card. Little ones can use their hands and feet and older ones might like to paint a pattern over the top.

Once your artist is finished, carefully peal off the card letters and set aside to dry.

Baked Treats for Father’s Day

Who doesn’t love yummy treats? Especially Dads! Brownies, cupcakes, cookies, the list is endless but here are a few ideas for you:
Star Wars Day: Wookie Cookies if Dad is a bit of a Star Wars fan,
My Vanilla Cupcake Recipe to put your own design on
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins maybe for breakfast? Why not?
Another idea for Father’s Day breakfast: Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes!

Also check out…

Hand and footprint craft – ‘LOVE’

This LOVE canvas was made with my toddler. You can find out how I made it here: Super Easy Valentine Crafts To Do With Your Kids

If you liked my Father’s Day crafts for kids, you might also like: At Home Activities For Toddlers
Lock Down Daily Routine For Toddlers

For more toddler and kid craft inspiration, follow me on Pinterest! I am always pinning new activity/craft ideas. Look out for my “Kid Activities” and “Toddler Activities” boards https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ramblingsoflottie/ .

Lock Down Daily Routine For Toddlers

Here in the UK, we have been told that, as of this week, we are on lock down. This means we are to stay in our homes as much as possible and only leave for essential reasons. The introvert in me wants to celebrate but the mother in me dreads this time. How do people cope with their kids at home all day, every day. I can’t be the only one that is filled with the anxiety of the thought. Maybe this is the time we’ll be sympathetic to people who commit family massacres. Well, have no fear! I’m here too share our daily routine to make things a little more bearable during these hard times.

I always find routines (especially with children) make the day go faster, more fun and far more peaceful. Children thrive in a routine as they know what to expect to happen when (and let’s be honest, we could all use that in the uncertainty that we’re all living in now). It also ensure you can fit everything you want to into the day and be productive. I always find that being productive really helps my anxiety as my mind is distracted and it’s something small I can control during a situation that is totally out of my control.

So, here is our daily routine. My daughter is nearly 18 months old (just for reference). I hope this is helpful to you mummas right now, feel free to tweak the schedule any which way you like.

My Morning Timeline (1)

If you don’t have a dog, you can use this time for a walk around your neighbourhood or outside play in your garden. Either way, I think it’s really important our little ones get some fresh air.

Also, you may think that is a lot of time for ‘Free Play’ but we break up this time with: singing songs, reading stories, imaginative play and I let my daughter do her own thing while I watch her and drink my morning coffee.

I hope this was helpful to you! For ideas for “Planned Activity” you can read my blog post At Home Activities For Toddlers. You could also check out Easy Easter Brownies as something else to do with your slightly older children.

Stay safe and watch this space for more content during this tough time. Stay strong mummas, click this link if you need some Mum-tivation!

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