I know I’m not alone when I say there are so many things, great and small, I miss about what we can probably call now “the good ole days”. One of the small things I miss is the art my girls created in preschool. It seems silly, but when it comes to those gems I treasure them. They are like mini time capsules of their lives. The tiny handprints and foot prints, feel like little snapshots in time of their childhood – and I love them. So it was my personal mission to create a variety of these art projects during our homeschooling so that I wouldn’t miss out on these moments.
If I’m being honest, these projects were just as much about their handprints as they were about giving me something artistic to pour my energy into. In order to create these little pieces of art, I would try to base some element related to our weekly theme. Then if I didn’t already have an idea of what we were going to make, I’d turn to a quick Google search or Pinterest. Sure maybe it wasn’t my original idea, but why reinvent the wheel of cute kid art?
Upon completion of the “painting” I’d rotate the paper around to see which is the best angle or position. It also allowed me time to get creative about how to enhance it and make really come to life. My favorite marker comes with a fine point and thick point and was vital in adding the perfect details to each picture. Another way I’d enhance these would be through a variety of mediums like sand, chalk, construction paper, and glitter glue. These elements take the projects up a notch and more likely something that won’t get pitched down the road.
Below are some of our thumbprint, hand, and footprint art pieces that we have created over the past few months. Hopefully some of these can inspire some of your own painting projects at home!