We are still on holidays today and with both kids at home I decided to do a fun art project with them. I love displaying my little one’s artwork at home and I thought about creating colourful handprint art that could be displayed in my toddler’s nursery.
I like rotating our artwork every season and this handprint art project is perfect for the new season and for my son’s nursery.
He also loved it once I put it up on his wall!
What you will need
- Blank Canvas or Large Piece of Paper (size of choice)
- Washable non-toxic paints (in various colours)
- Small Paintbrush
- Wet towel
- Dry towel
- Find an area where you can create the artwork (a big table/floor) prepare it by covering it with newspapers and have your child wear old clothes that can get dirty.
- Pick your favourite colours of paint and pour into separate bowls or plates, ask your children to help decide. Have plenty of towels ready.
- Explain the process and show them how it will be done, you can practice without using paint first so they are prepared and understand the process.
- Brush your little one’s hand with the paint using the paintbrush, make sure to spread the paint evenly over the entire hand.
- Guide their hand to the paper and gently press down on their hand, count to 3 and gently lift their hands. If they are older they can do that themselves. Have the children take turns.
- Wipe the paint off their hand with the wet towel, dry and repeat with each colour.
- Allow for the canvas/paper to fully dry.
- Good work! You are done! Wasn’t that super easy? Now find a nice spot to decorate!
What I love the most about this is that there is no need to buy a frame or anything expensive, great to keep up on the wall for a few weeks/months and then replace with some new art. Plus I always write the date on their handprint artwork and save it, their little hands grow SO fast!
When was the last time you did handprint artwork with your little ones?