Handprint Art

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!

Footprint carrots
Rainbow fish and handprint jellyfish
Handprint germs
Footprints and handprints for our penguin feet
Thumbprint flowers
Thumbprint birds on a wire
Name blocks with handprint aliens. Tried two different hand positions for this one. M did a flat hand while H did the side of her fist and two fingers.
Thumbprint pineapple with block letters
Handprint flamingos
Handprint crabs and footprint hermit crabs
I did not have actual sand to glue down so I used brown chalk instead.
Handprint flower pots. One driven by me, one driven my a five year old. 🙂

One thought on “Handprint Art

  1. Love these, Brit, the flamingo should be entered in a contest! Hope you take pictures of all these. Caro has a line across one wall of her room with small clothespins and she switches out her favorite pictures and retires some. Adds a lot to the room and keeps the table a little neater! You may need an even bigger space, maybe on the wall catty corner to the guitars!

    On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 9:01 AM Three Birds Nest wrote:

    > threebirdsnest posted: ” 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 thos” >

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