Children love colors and are very creative. Using handprints is becoming increasingly popular in preschools to make interesting projects in arts and craft. The school can use these as hangings for the walls and even send them back home with the child as a takeaway. The parents are also thrilled to get the very poignant gift.
- Use washable and nontoxic paint. Tempera paint is rich and has vibrant hues, making the artwork look attractive. The children love rich and bright colors, so always choose bright shades like red, yellow, orange fuchsia etc.
- Use a medium which can be used as a permanent artwork. Canvas, thick paper, cardboard, Papier-mâché or textiles are a good choice. These can later be framed and put up as a décor in school or home.
- Babies have a tendency to make a mess; please do ensure enough adult supervisors to help the child. The paint should be washed off thoroughly after each color is done with.
- Not only art but crafts can also be done with handprints. Clay can be used to make handprints. Once the dough is rolled, the hand imprint can be cut out or pressed in. The clay can then be baked and a hole made for a string to hang the piece up.
- Handprints can be used as a base to create animal prints and other shapes. The handprints should be carefully taken, left to dry and then painted on to get unique pictures.
- The handprints can be used on greeting cards which the child can write on and present as a gift. You can help the child to gift this very personalized card to parents or friends.
An older child can be helped to create a more complex artwork out of the base and the result can be laminated for safekeeping. The activity can be repeated every few months and parents can be involved in the activity to make it more fun.