In this article you will learn how to make a handprint wreath. This craft is suitable for children ages 2 and older. It can be adjusted for older age groups by allowing them to do more of the preparation work.
1. Green Construction Paper
2. Cardboard or poster board
4. Pine Needles or substitute
6. Optional: Ribbon pinecones & glitter
To begin this craft the teacher should have each child outline his or her handprints on green construction paper. With younger children the teacher should assist with this task. After the hands are traced the children (or teachers) should cut out the handprints and write the child’s name on the back of the cutout.
To prepare for this craft teachers should gather materials and have them readily available for the children. It may also suit the teachers to do the first step the day before so the project goes smoothly.
With younger children it is wise to put the glue on the handprint for them and monitor the decorating. With older children, allow them to glue and decorate on their own.
Once each child has decorated his or her handprints set it aside to dry. While the handprints are drying teachers should cut out a 12in. ring from the cardboard or poster board. This ring will be used as the base of the wreath. When the handprints are dry allow the children to place them on the ring and glue them where they choose.
Although letting them choose where to put their handprints may not yield a perfect wreath, it adds to the individuality of the project and reflects how they see things.
If you want you can add onto this project by letting the children decorate pinecones with glitter and adding them onto the wreath. Also feel free to tie the traditional red ribbon on and hang the wreath on your classroom door!
Make this craft and individual craft by having each child make their own wreath. Instead of cutting out only one set of handprints have them cut out 3-5 sets and make an individual wreath they can take home with them. Happy Teaching!
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