We’re definitely getting into the arrival of Fall (and the early apples at the Farmer’s market). Last week we shared an easy toilet paper stamping apple art project and this week we have another hands-on fun activity. It’s Squeaker’s first time doing anything handprint related with paint, though we’ve done a few handprint projects by tracing. I wasn’t too sure how she’d like it, but once I showed her what to do, she really got into it. Then, of course, she looked at her hands then at me and asked “What did you do?” Still, she had a lot of fun making this handprint and pom pom apple tree. Next time we do this, I’ll have different colored pom poms for variety.
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Admittedly, she decided that one tree needed a little more bark and foliage, so I jokingly dubbed it a pine tree instead of an apple tree.
- Construction paper
- Brown sharpie or brown crayon
- Pom poms (can be whatever color you like, we had green on hand)
Other items that we used in this project were Squeaker’s smock (an old t-shirt of mine) and a flattened cardboard box to protect the table. I find that it works easier than using newspaper and we have plenty of cardboard boxes around so we just use one for arts and crafts time.
On a piece of construction paper, draw a trunk (or have your child do it if they’re old enough… or have them paint it with brown fingerpaint, up to you!).
On a paper plate or in a container, squirt a little green fingerpaint.
If your child is old enough, have them proceed from here 🙂 Squeaker needed a little assistance. I spread out her fingers, flattened her hand a bit and dipped it into the fingerpaint for her. I don’t think she was too thrilled about that part, but after she got used to the texture, I pressed her hand gently on the construction paper.
She definitely got the idea after that.
Once she was done with both trees, I let them dry a bit and then used some glue to put the pom poms on in random spots for the apples.
Squeaker had a lot of fun with this and we’ll definitely do more handprint art in the future now that she knows what to do.
Do you enjoy making handprint art projects?