Five Fun Hand Tracing Crafts

Just about everyone has made a hand turkey or two in their lifetime.  Here are five other fun crafts using a child’s hand tracing.  Each of them use a few supplies and only takes a short time.  We will try a ghost, a Christmas tree, Reindeer, Easter chick, and a happy sun.  I have listed suggested supplies, but you can get as creative as you want.  You can use stickers, fun foam, squiggly eyes, pipe cleaners, pompoms, glitter or whatever else your heart desires.

Palm Ghost

            1.  Put your hand or child’s hand on white paper palm down.

            2.  Keep fingers together, trace around the whole hand.

            3.  Flip the drawing upside down (with the fingers at the bottom).

            4.  Add eyes of your choosing to finish off the ghost head.

            5.  Cut out the ghost and hang up, or draw a  spooky background on the rest of the original paper.

                        Supplies: white construction paper, crayons, markers, scissors

Christmas Tree

            1.  Trace around a hand (you will need 10 or more depending on how big you want your tree and the         

                 size of the hand used.)

            2.  Cut out all the hands.

            3.  Arrange on a piece of poster board in the shape of a tree.

            4.  Use stickers, construction paper, or photos cut out in the shape of ornaments for decorations.

            5.  Make a star for the top out of yellow construction paper.

                        Supplies: poster board, green and yellow construction paper, glue, scissors, photos, stickers

Reindeer

            1.  Trace one foot with a shoe on brown construction paper for the head of the deer.

            2.  Trace each hand on tan or orange construction paper for the antlers

            3.  Cut out the tracings.

            4.  Glue hands behind the top of the head.

            5.  Draw on a face with crayons or markers; use a pompom for the nose and squiggly eyes, or make them out of construction paper.

                        Supplies:  brown, tan, orange construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, crayons, squiggly eyes, red pompom

 Easter Chick

            1.  Lightly fold yellow construction paper in half and cut out an oval (egg) shape for the body.

            2.  Trace each hand on yellow construction paper for the wings.

            3.  Cut out.

            4.  Fold a piece of orange paper in half and cut out a triangle (with the fold being the base of the triangle) for the beak.

            5.  Draw or add squiggly eyes.

            6.  Glue orange triangle beak under the eyes.

            7.  Cut out two orange construction paper skinny rectangles, then cut a triangle in one end of each for the feet.

            8.  Glue hand prints behind the body (one on each side) or use brads to make them moveable.

            9.  Glue on legs.

                        Supplies:  yellow and orange construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, crayons, squiggly eyes, brads

Happy Sunshine

             1.  Make a circle on yellow construction or fun foam (trace a butter lid or plate).

            2.  Cut out the circle.

            3.  Trace kid’s hands on yellow construction paper four or more times, depending on the size of the circle and the size of the hands.

            4.  Trace kid’s hands on orange construction paper four or more times, depending on the size of the circle and the size of the hands.

            5.  Cut out all the hands.

            6.  Glue them on the back circle being careful not to overlap too much, alternate the colors.

            7.  Draw on a face with crayons or markers, you could also use squiggly eyes, pompoms, pipe cleaners.

            8.  An option for older kids is to paint a paper plate yellow and use that for the center circle.  Let the paint dry thoroughly before adding the hands and face.

                        Supplies:  yellow and orange construction paper, (fun foam, paper plate, yellow paint), scissors, glue, squiggly eyes, pompoms, pipe cleaner

 Hope you enjoyed learning new crafts to try with your toddler.  I myself hate doing crafts but these weren’t so bad.  None of them used a ton of supplies or took too long to do.