Hand Prints

These are some samples of hand prints that can be done throughout the year. For some prints, the entire hand needs to be painted. However, for other prints, just the palm and the tip of a finger or thumb should be painted. Additions to some prints are done with markers and small pom poms.

September Apple
Apple Handprint Photo

October Pumpkin
Pumpkin Handprint Photo

November Turkey
Turkey Handprint Photo

December Reindeer
Reindeer Handprint Photo

January Penguin
Penguin Handprint Photo

February HeartHeart Handprint Photo Heart handprint Board Photo

March Leprechaun
Leprechaun Handprint Photo

April Bunny
Bunny Handprint Photo

May Butterfly
Butterfly Handprint Photo


Hand print paintings can be used when making calendars, may be made into a monthly booklet, or can be displayed in a variety of ways.

I chose to display the childrens' hand print pictures each month on our outside bulletin board. I laminated 1 piece of construction paper for each child in my class and punched holes around each edge. On each piece, I attached a small photo and the child's name using contact paper. If you view the February and April pictures above, you can see how I then 'sewed' each child's piece together to make a quilt. The quilt stayed up all year on our bulletin board. One or two days each month, I had helpers call back students during opening activities to paint each child's hand on a piece of white tag. When dry, each child's hand print was stapled above their name and photo.

Handprint Bulliten Board Photo

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These ideas came from the great teachers who have shared
Teachers.Net and Kinderkorner
and from Hand-Shaped Art by Diane Bonica
(Good Apple, 1989) ISBN 0-86653-474-1.


Last Modified:10/15/14

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