Where did this week go? The days are getting shorter over here in Europe and as the trees turn and the temperature drops, it is good to have some fun indoor activities planned for the weekend.
For this week’s SparkHub Weekend Challenge we turn our attention to handprints.
I wish that I had started painting handprints long, long ago with my son, and captured his ever-growing hand in a colour painting as the months and years go by.
But just recently I decided I needed another “Mum&Son” original artwork and we created a large handprint painting using just black paint on a white background (pictured left). We had a lot of fun and made a great mess but I love it, and it now hangs in my office above my computer.
Painting activities like these do not need to be just for the kids — gets aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents involved too and create a very special piece of family artwork.
Don’t forget we would love to see your results, so please do share photos of your creations with us on
Here are our five favourite handprint crafts for this week:
Feathered Friends via Laurie Berkner
We love this colourful idea of creating a tree full of parrots. What fun! Using different colours, each hand prints build up the feathers on the parrot – very cool idea!
Family moments via DIY Fun Ideas
Gather your family and together create a unique piece of art. This is a very sweet idea will also make a great gift for a family member. Repeat it each year to see just how much those little hands are growing! http://diyfunideas.com/diy-family-hand-prints/
Wild animals via Berceau Magique
Turn your hand prints into animals, including lions and elephants. Try making a picture of a dog or cat too! Would be a great idea for a birthday card design. http://blog.berceaumagique.com/activite/animaux-empreinte-peinture/
Autumn Tree via ArtyCraftKids
We love this Autumn handprint tree from ArtyCraftyKids. Kids of all ages will love to create this and it will really help them discover different painting skills using their finger tips too! http://www.artycraftykids.com/art/autumn-handprint-tree/
Pop Art via Kids Artists Blog
Now this really is something to put up on the wall – handprints in true Andy Warhol style! This creation may take a little more time and some extra materials but we the end result is worth it, for sure. Full instructions are here on the Kid Artist blog. http://kidsartists.blogspot.be/2009/05/drukken-met-je-handen.html
Find these and many more ideas for handprints on the SparkHub Pinterest Arts & Crafts Board here
How painting can help you and your child:
Don’t hold back, even if you don’t think you are creative yourself, let your kids take charge! The benefit of painting is huge for kids and adults alike. Not only is it a lot of fun but it encourages creativity and can be very relaxing too.
Painting is a skill that anyone can do and it builds self esteem. There is no right or wrong way in art and who cares if no one likes what you have painted! Paint for your own self-expression and don’t forget, if you really, really don’t like it, then let it dry and paint over it! It teaches children (and adults) to explore options and try different techniques. It is well known that creative activities, such as painting, helps the brain develop. Learning to paint actually uses both sides of the brain.
Art Supply Suggestions:
I can also highly recommend using IKEA frames to display the artwork, including these inexpensive small plastic frames. Or you can simply use different canvases, such as these from HobbyCraft, which come in all shapes and sizes.
Good luck & have fun!