4 cute handprint art projects
Handprint art is a rite of passage for mums and kids alike. From toddlers to primary-aged children, handprint art gets everyone thinking creatively and seeing things differently. It also removes the pressure of figurative drawing, so that even kids who think they can't draw can get involved.
You can turn handprints and footprints into almost anything (just google 'handprint art' if you don't believe me). And to get you started, here are four handprint projects (and some footprint ones) you can try with your kids.
Don't forget to have a big bucket of soapy water nearby and an old towel, otherwise you might find yourself with handprint 'art' on your living room walls!
Four handprint art ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Lots of us know and love Eric Carle's illustrated children's book about a munchalicious caterpillar, but who knew you could make your own inspired artwork out of handprints? Watch the video to find out how to create the caterpillar's body. What else can you make from the book using your handprints or your fingerprints?
2. An ocean scene with a lobster
"It wasn't a foot, was a foot lobster!" So sang the B-52s ... well, sort of. The footprint thing gets a bit messy, so it's best to do this one outside. You can also make a crab out of two handprints. Who would've thought!
3. A garden scene with a butterfly
FYI: you can also make a butterfly with two footprints. See what else you can add to the garden scene - handprint sunflowers are also nice (see below), or you could add a bunny with footprint ears in time for Easter.
4. A peacock and his sunflower friend
You see, the problem with a peahen is she's a bit plain (sorry, peahens). So I opted for a sunflower instead (the seeds are black fingerprints, in keeping with the hands-on theme.) Make sure you give your peacock lots of 'flair' in his tail. He needs it to get his lady friend to pay attention to him.
How many more things can you make using handprints and footprints?
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional videos.
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