Friday, December 9, 2011

Handprint Santa

When it comes to arts and crafts, both of my kids enjoy open-ended projects.  They don't like coloring books, paint by number, this is what your work should look like in the end, cookie cutter crafts.  They are stubborn independent, and don't like to be told how to do things.

That being said, Elliott seems to love handprint crafts.  He really enjoyed making his Handprint Turkey before Thanksgiving.  Every time he sees a handprint craft somewhere, he wants to make one of his own.  I think he likes them because he knows he has my permission to play in paint!

When he saw this Handprint Santa (a teacher I know had posted on Facebook) he said he wanted to make it.  We spend as much time outside as we can in fair weather, play a lot of games and we love to snuggle and read good living books...but I don't typically do a lot of crafts with the kids, so I don't mind giving in when they ask.

White and red paint
paint brush
4 cotton balls
googly eyes
black pen
red scrapbook/construction paper and scissors (optional)

I think it's pretty self-explanatory, and it's very easy for a 5 year old to do with minimal help.

You could paint the hat, but I chose to just let him do the thumbprint nose and use scrapbook paper to make the hat.  I think white pom poms, being smaller than cotton balls, might also be cute as the border to the hat.

Emory also made his first handprint stay tuned for his handprint angel.  Check out his Handprint Angel Ornament!


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  2. Super cute handprint snowman! We did something like this a couple years ago & I still love to look at my now 6 year olds little hands =-) Thanks for linking up at TGIF & see you next week,
    Beth =-)

  3. This little handprint snowman is very cute! Love it! :)