How to Make Fingerprints With Kids

Written by sean kotz
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How to Make Fingerprints With Kids
No two fingerprints are exactly the same. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Fingerprinting your kids has a number of benefits. First of all, kids love to do it and it presents a great opportunity to discuss and demonstrate individuality. Secondly, kids can enjoy them as craft projects, drawing faces and animal features on the prints. For parents, it gives you a record of your child at a specific moment in time, and the same basic process can be used for handprints and footprints as well. And, perhaps most importantly, fingerprint records could help positively identify your child if you should ever need to.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soap and water
  • Towel
  • Nontoxic ink pad
  • White non-textured paper
  • Tape
  • Ink pen
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Wash and dry your child's hands thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Tape down the paper so it will not roll or move during the process.

  3. 3

    Direct the child to gently roll a finger in the ink pad.

  4. 4

    Take the child's finger off the pad and move it to the paper so that one side of the finger touches the paper. For the right hand, begin with the left side of the finger. For the left hand, begin with the right side of the finger.

  5. 5

    Roll the child's finger from one side of the fingernail to the other, making sure there is good contact between the finger and the paper.

  6. 6

    Lift your child's finger at the end of the roll at a 90-degree angle from the paper.

  7. 7

    Repeat for each finger of each hand and the thumbs. For the thumbs, roll in the opposite direction of the finger rolls.

  8. 8

    Wash hands and dry with paper towels when the process is complete.

Tips and warnings

  • Fingerprint pads are available in many office supply stores. They often feature easily washable ink.
  • If you just want a simple temporary fingerprint, you can rub a square of pencil graphite onto a piece of paper and use this instead of ink.
  • Don't press hard on the paper because it may smudge the results.

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