Get your kids involved in the household Christmas preparations with some simple, entertaining handprint crafts. The possibilities are virtually endless, so let them flex their creativity and brainstorm original projects, suitable for Christmas. Put the finished products to good use by using them to decorate the house for some extra holiday spirit, or give them as Christmas gifts to friends and family.
Have your children create some original pieces of handprint paper artwork. Provide them with paper, and then either have them trace and cut out their handprints or let them get messy with acrylic/tempera paint handprints instead. If they cut out paper outlines of their handprints, they can create Christmas items like handprint paper wreaths, a paper reindeer with handprint antlers or a green paper handprint Christmas tree. Alternative, dip their hands into green or red paint to make holiday prints on sheets of paper.
Stamp your kids' handprints on articles of clothing to create lovely, festive holiday gear. Use plain sweatshirts or T-shirts, or accessories like hats, tote bags or even canvas shoes. Then, have the children plan out how they want to decorate their items. Some examples of festive images could include handprint snowflakes or holly leaves or poinsettias. Provide the kids with a washable variety of holiday-coloured paint, intended for decorating clothing. Then, have them dip their hands in the paint to make palm stamps that can be applied directly to the clothing. Wear them as a festive fashion statement during the holiday season or give them as gifts.
Keep track of your kids' growth with annual handprint Christmas ornaments for your tree. Use pieces of coloured foam to create handprint cutouts; use a hole punch to make an opening for the finished designs to be strung onto a piece of clear fishing line or yarn. Alternatively, make clay handprints using a lightweight modelling clay. Make a flat circle and then have your kids imprint their palms on the surface. Punch a hole for hanging at the top, and once it dries, have your kids paint the prints red and green.
Kids' handprint crafts can be functional as well as decorative. Decide what kinds of items you'd like to spruce up for the holiday season, and have your kids use washable paint to stamp away. For example, if you plan on being in the kitchen baking this holiday season, get your kids to stamp their handprints on everything from mixing bowls to aprons to pot holders in Christmassy colours and patterns.
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