Children love to make crafts to usher in a new season or holiday. What better way to decorate a home or create a warm festival atmosphere than with the beautiful handmade creations from our kids?A favorite of mine is the fingerprint tree. This craft is great because kids of all ages can participate and the supplies are minimal, and they turn out beautifully.
The Fingerprint Tree
The materials you will need are:
Colored construction paper for the background, white construction paper on which the tree will go, craft glue, scissors, and finger paints in fall colors such as red, white, brown, and yellow.
How to make it:
1. Cut the white construction paper into a square that will fit over your colored construction paper so that it forms a background.
2. Pour enough brown finger paint onto a paper plate so that your child can place her hand and forearm on the paint.
3. Place your child’s arm on the white construction paper in the center so that her forearm becomes the tree truck, and the outstretched fingers become the tree limbs. Press down on top of your child’s hand firmly.
4. Wash and dry your child’s hands.
5. Place a small sized amount of each paint color onto a paper plate for your child to dip her fingers into.
6. Have your child place a finger or thumb print on the limbs of the tree to form the leaves. Place as many leaves as she likes!
7. She can also dip her fingers in the green paint and create grass below the tree, or dip in the yellow paint and create a sun above the tree, etc.
8. When dry, glue the colored piece of construction paper on the back of the fingerprint tree to create a colored frame around it.
9. This idea can be used for any season or holiday, just change the colors!