As a preschool owner/teacher, I look for memorable gifts for our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts. Of course, I want the children to make most of the gift as this is what makes it extra special. This year I had an idea of creating a handprint outline of the child’s artwork. My idea worked (they don’t always).
I bought 8 x 10 canvas’. I was lucky that a month before we made the handprints, the canvas bulk packs were on sale. This is a good thing since we have over 60 children gifts to make. It turned out to be $1 per child to make. I already had the glue and paint at the school. If buying paint, make sure it is good quality paint, so that it dries nicely and won’t chip.
Things you will need:
- Marker or pencil
- Elmer’s glue
- Red tissue paper
- Mod Podge or glue
- Handprint poem
How to Make:
- Outline child’s hand with marker or pencil.
- Drag Elmer’s glue along outline. Allow to dry overnight.
- Have children paint the canvas. We asked the kids to paint the entire canvas so it covered the entire hand.
- When paint is dry, lift the glue up off the canvas. We did notice the second day we lifted the glue it was colder in the classroom. This made it more challenging to lift. I used a blow dryer to soften the glue slightly. This made it easier to life off.
- Place red hearts over the canvas using mod podge or glue.
- Copy the handprint poem to give to your daddy.
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