This is a fun and easy art project that requires nothing but paper and the coloring utensil of your choice, and the results are incredibly charming. I used to work in a Montessori preschool, and I’d employ this project on “non-academic” days when the lead teacher was out. The kids loved it!
This sweet little project has so many uses: a parent/child art project, a piece for a classroom at either the beginning or end of the school year, or for celebrations of diversity.
- Paper of your choice; posterboard or cardstock is ideal but butcher paper works too.
- Black marker
- Coloring utensils of your choice
Prepare the Project:
No prep needed!
Make Some Art:
- Trace hands on the paper with black marker, intentionally overlapping. After lifting the hand off the paper, complete the shape of the hand at the wrist.
- Color! The idea is not to let the same color touch, so sections that are right next to each other should be different colors. This concept can be a little harder for young preschoolers to grasp, so keep a patient and open mind.
- Use paint instead of crayons or markers for a different and more challenging experience.
- Add footprints, or do only footprints.
- As a team-building or ice-breaker exercise, have kids trace each others’ hands and then write a complement about the person whose hand they traced inside the hand.