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Hand and Foot Printing for Kids

Indulge a budding artist with hand and foot printing, an incredibly easy activity for children and the perfect solution for the parent who’s run out of art supplies and/or ideas. The materials are all likely to be lying around your house already, and if not, they’re very easy to find. Hand printing for kids is also so simple that you can sit back and let them go wild with it, but (as with most arts and crafts) it’s brilliant fun if you do want to get stuck in as well.

What you need to make your hand prints:

  • Sheets of paper 
  • Fine mud and water, mixed to the consistency of paint 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Cotton buds

How to make your foot and hand prints into art:

  1. Dip the brush in the mud and paint the palm of your hand 
  2. Press your hand down firmly onto a sheet of paper 
  3. Slowly lift it off to reveal your hand imprint 
  4. Add more handprints and footprints 
  5. Decorate around your hand and footprints with dots made from dipping a cotton bud into mud and dotting the paper

Some safety warnings: Ensure children do not play with dirt that may have been contaminated by animals. You’ll also want to make sure that children do not put dirt or dirty hands in their mouths. Do not use potting mix; it is dangerous as it contains potentially harmful bacteria. Ensure any cuts are covered. Wash hands afterwards.

Hand printing with mud can get pretty messy, but don’t worry about smudges and splashes on your clothes – Persil has your back. We’ll take care of that later, so you can relax and play with your kids. And if this activity has your little one inspired, there are plenty of similar things to feed their creativity.

  • Potato stamping – make your own stamps out of potatoes and create stunning artwork together
  • Painting pebbles – turn ordinary stones into cute keepsakes to decorate your home
  • Making mud pies – cook up a delicious dish for the worms in your garden or local park
  • Leaf printing – forage outdoors for pretty fallen leaves and use them to print paper with their delicate patterns
  • Garden games – have fun in the fresh air with these garden games. Pop to your local park if you don’t have an outdoor space at home

So the fun doesn’t have to stop once you’ve finished making hand and foot prints with mud – there are plenty of ways to keep your little artist entertained and inspired.


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