Kids can paint and decorate a beautiful butterfly made with their own hands and feet. They are perfect to make during spring, add to an insect unit, or even turn into a card for Mother’s Day.
So one of the best parts of doing handprint and footprint crafts is the tickling nature of it. As I was getting ready to share this craft I couldn’t find the pictures of the kids and I couldn’t share this post without them. I searched all my SD cards which are full of thousands of pictures until I finally found them because their smiles say it all—this craft is so fun, as you can see–blurry picture and all.
Now I know some people are nervous about getting paint everywhere, but I have found if you keep a pack of baby wipes in your craft box that activities like this are more manageable. As soon as my kid’s are done making prints they grab a wipe and start wiping up before they make a move through the house.
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Handprint and Footprint Butterfly
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Craft paint (I like using acrylic paint for handprints because the colors show up nice and bright)
White craft paper (I like using cardstock because the paper is nice and thick and doesn’t get mushy from the paint)
Colored craft paper
Googly Eyes (optional)
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Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece (2-Ounce), PROMOABI Best Selling Colors IGP Image Plus+ White Card Stock – 250 Sheet Pack (8-1/2 x 11)Fiskars 5 Inch Designer Non Stick Pointed-tip Kids Scissors, Purple FloralElmer’s Washable No-Run School Glue, 4 oz, 3 PackALEX Toys Artist Studio 15 Mini Sparkle BrushesAmerican Crafts American Crafts Smooth Cardstock Pack, 12 by 12-Inch, 48-Pack, Primaries
Cover child’s hand with paint and press it gently onto the white craft paper. I use my hand to cover theirs so it doesn’t wiggle and to make sure all parts of their hand made contact with the paper. Repeat with the other hand and make 2 prints for each hand (4 prints total).
Cover child’s foot with paint and press it gently onto the white craft paper. Set handprints and footprints aside to dry.
Cut the handprints and footprints out.
Arrange them so they look like butterfly wings with two handprints on each side. Glue them to a colored piece of paper.
Glue the footprint on top of the wings to make the butterfly body. The heal of the footprint should be at the top of the wings to make the butterfly head.
Cut a piece of pipe cleaner off and fold it into a V shape and glue (or tape) to the butterfly.
Let child decorate their butterfly.
We added jewels, googly eyes, and Little Tiger used a permanent marker to give her butterfly added details.
I remember my dad telling me that each craft had a good stopping point and sometimes he would think that I crossed it with my creativity by adding too many squiggles and stuff like that. I understand what he was saying but I love watching Little Tiger come up with her own designs and hearing her explain what her imagination has come up with. By giving her a pen and giving her creative freedom she is able to explore her artistic side, and personalize her work. My point is even though this is a handprint and footprint craft stamping craft, you can still find ways to allow kids to enjoy the magic of artistic creativity.
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