Teachers enjoy receiving handmade presents from their students. Rather than buying another mug or box of chocolates, consider having your child make this fun handprint school fish card as thank you for anytime during the school year.
For an extra special treat, consider making a poster sized version of this handprint project by using all the children’s hands in the classroom.
Supplies Needed for School Fish Handprint Cards
Watercolor paints in your choice of colors
Small container of water
Step-by-Step Instructions to MakeHandprintSchool Fish Cards for Teacher Gifts
Note: The larger hand in the example photo could be a parent’s hand, an older sibling’s hand, or a teacher assistant’s hand.
1. Add some water to the watercolor paint and mix it well.
2. Apply the paint to the larger hand using the paintbrush. Be sure to get full coverage!
3. Press the hand carefully onto the paper in the upper right-hand corner. Make sure to press each finger firmly.
4. Apply the paint to the child’s hand using the paintbrush. Help the child to press his or hand so that the handprint does not smudge (at least not too much!).
5. Set aside the watercolor paper to dry.
6. If you are making multiple handprint teacher appreciation gifts, repeat the first 5 steps. Be sure to wash the paint off little hands!
7. Take a colored marker and trace around the handprints so that they resemble fish. The thumb is the bottom fin.
8. Draw in a top fin.
9. Draw eyes, a smile, and a side body fin.
10. Draw bubbles or other fun accents.
11. Use watercolor paint to fill in the top fin and set aside to dry.
12. Have the child write the teacher’s name in the upper left-hand corner. Under the teacher’s name write the phrase, Thanks for the schoolin’.
13. Have the child write his or her name in the bottom right-hand corner. You may want to consider adding the school name and date.
Embellishment Options for HandprintSchool Fish Teacher Cards
1. Make an entire ocean scene using blue paint for the water, green for seaweed, and thumbprints for smaller fish.
2. Use glitter, string, or other materials as accent pieces.
3. Attach a gift card to a local coffee shop or book store.
4. Laminate the handprint card so that it will not get damaged.
5. Make a handprint book instead of a poster and use all the children’s handprints in the classroom. Enlist the aid of a room parent or teacher’s aide to keep the gift a surprise.
6. Use fabric paint and create the handprint school fish on an apron, canvas bag or t-shirt instead of paper.