Hand print crafts and activities are favorites of mine! I love the sweet memories that they remind me of; tiny hands are just so precious. Before I know it, they'll be as big as mine and not so cute! Ha!
My kiddos adore hand print activities, too. They love having a 'piece of them' in their artwork. I think they love the mess that it makes, too ; )
We've made handrpint snowmen, a dolphin, a turkey, garden, lions, a birthday cake, Fall trees........ and now, reindeers!
Re-sharing the Thanksgiving Poem my son did two years ago was a big hit and thought I would unleash my inner poet and do something similar with a reindeer theme. Although, this time around I didn't have my son practice writing and/or spelling-- although, you could definitely do that!
Hopefully my Reindeer poem sounds okay! Feel free to click the image to get a copy of this poem. Enjoy! If you do happen to re-write the poem, please let others know that we inspired you! : )
In the empty space below, have your child make a reindeer using their handprint.
Apply a liberal amount of brown paint all over their hand and have them press their hand onto the blank space under the poem. Add a googy eye and red sequin for Rudolph's nose. You can also color in black hoofs, a smile, and antlers with a sharpie marker.
Such an adorable keepsake!
And, I must have been in a very festive mood while making the handprint reindeer with paint because afterwards we made some Salt Dough Reindeer ornaments with our hands!! And, I must say they are pretty adorable!!
To make your own handprint reindeer ornaments:
Begin by mixing 1/2 C Salt and 1/2 C flour.
To make brown reindeer, add in 1 TBS. cocoa powder.
Add 1/4 C water (give or take)-- add slowly... you do not want it too wet.
Mix & knead til dough forms.
Roll out the dough, not making it too thin and make impression by having your child press their hand into the dough.
Cut around edges with a knife.
Poke holes for hanging (and antlers!)
p.s. do all this on a baking sheet! Make the process so much easier!
Bake @250* for 2 hours.
Cover with Mod Podge for a nice shine.
Hang on your tree!
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