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A boy showing his paint-covered hands.

Hand Painting

Hand prints are very versatile and, if you are working with a group of children, they can be used to make lots of different pictures for displays. Most children love hand printing. However, if you have a child who is reluctant, just draw around their hands, cut out the silhouette and then let the child paint them.


What you need:

  • Washable paint
  • Some hands
  • Someone close by with plenty of soap and water!


A simple idea for Autumn:

  1. Create a tree with the leaves made from hand prints in autumnal colours: orange, yellow, brown, red, etc.
  2. The children could be encouraged to mix the paints to match the colour of collected leaves from a nature walk before painting their hands
  3. A trunk can be either painted, cut from paper, or the children could do some bark rubbings which could be then cut to shape
  4. When dry, the leaves can be glued onto the trunk

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