The making of hand (or foot) prints some people consider to be one
of the pleasures of early childhood. In this delightfully messy play
the child learns to transfer the shape of his hand to the paper. This
may be the precursor to more sophisticated printing techniques later
on! It is certainly good for recognising parts of the body -
which can be a real problem for some children.
Get stuck into some really messy play.
All those lovely hand prints can be used in many ways, Here are just
- Use single ones to decorate a card or make a lollystick puppet
- Use a sheet full as wrapping paper or cut them out and use them
to fill in a shape, like the two trees illustrated. Or draw a
large fish outline and pace the hand shapes sideways inside it
to represent the fish scales.