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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.

We had so much fun making this handprint and pom pom apple tree! My toddler really loved getting into the fingerpaint.

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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.

Supplies Needed:

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.

Set Up

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!).

handprint and pom pom apple tree set up

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.

handprint and pom pom apple tree 3

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?


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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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Sara @ Handy Herbs
8 years ago

A simple but fun idea – perfect for toddlers. Thanks for sharing #ToddlerFunFriday

Ali Gilbert
8 years ago

Cute craft! Thanks for linking up on #ToddlerFunFriday!

1 year ago

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