Hand and footprint art are some of the easiest crafts to do with your children that puts a spin of everyday finger painting. Not to mention they make excellent keepsakes and gifts to remind you just how small your little one was and how much they have grown through the years. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these fun and easy hand and finger print creations! May the luck of the Irish be with you!
Materials You’ll Need
- Construction Paper
- Markers or Crayons
- Googley Eyes (optional)
- Wipes or Wet Towel
1.) Leprechaun Hand Print
Paint your child’s fingers and thumb orange (or red) for the Leprechaun’s hair/beard and paint the palm of the hand a flesh tone. Press onto a piece of white construction paper, making sure they press down all their fingers firmly. I like to sing to 10 while making sure I have the child’s complete hand (fingers and all) pressed as flatly as possible onto the paper to get a good print. When dry, add googly eyes or draw on eyes and a mouth.
Next you will need to cut out a hat of green, a strip of black, and small yellow square of construction paper. Allow your child to glue these together on top of palm to form the leprechaun’s hat and complete this project.
2.) Pot O’ Gold & Rainbow Hand Print
This is a good one for older children, I recommend 3 years old & up, as it calls for painting multiple colors and younger ones tend to wiggle their fingers too much to keep the colors separate. You will need red, orange, yellow, green, and blue paint to create the rainbow hand print. Using each color, paint a line from the tip of each finger all the way down to the bottom of the palm and press their hand firmly down on a white piece of construction paper for the count of 10 to make a rainbow.
Cut out a pot-shaped piece of black construction paper and put some glue on the back. Guide your child to stick it near the bottom of the palm of the rainbow. Cut out 10-12 small circles of yellow construction paper, add some spots of glue along the top of the pot, and have your child place the “gold coins” around the top of the Leprechaun’s pot.
3.) Fingerprint Rainbow
This is a fun fingerprint painting sensory, and color recognition activity. Start by using a pencil to draw a basic rainbow on a white piece of construction paper to act as a guideline. As there are 7 colors in a rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, & Violet) you will need 7 arched lines for the rainbow guidelines. When you are ready, get your paints out and direct your child to dip their index finger into the paint and press their finger onto the rainbow guidelines of their designated colors. After completion, use cotton balls to create fluffly clouds at the ends of the rainbow.
Have you created your own St. Patrick’s Day hand, foot, or finger art following this guide? Send us a picture and we’ll share it on our Facebook page!