I love handprint crafts for kids because they are fun to make (kids love putting their hands in paint) and they become keepsakes that I will cherish reminding me how little my children once were. I still have a Christmas handprint craft my son made with his babysitter (I was teaching full time then) when he was 6 months old and I treasure it. It reminds me of how tiny and precious he was. He is still precious, but at 8 years old he is keenly aware that Mommy is embarrassing and won't let me hug and kiss him in public anymore. Well most of the time, I did get an arm around him in church on Sunday.
Since my four year old and the little boy that I watch part time love to craft, I got out the paints and some poster board and helped them make handprint and footprint turkeys the other day. They had a blast and painted for at least an hour while we let the handprints dry.
I mixed some yellow and red tempura paint to make orange, then swirled some more yellow in to give their handprints a mottled mixed color effect.
I then helped them position their handprints on the poster board. We let these dry for about an hour, then made footprints.
I very carefully dipped their little feet in paint then positioned them on the turkey to make the turkey body. I had baby wipes near by and quickly wiped the boys' feet off before they could run around with a painted foot. We let the paint dry during nap time so that it would be completely dry before moving on.
Then I cut waddles out of red construction paper and beaks out of orange craft foam and the boys helped me glue them on. For fun we added wiggly eyes. I think they turned out really cute and the boys had such fun making them.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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