Many Hands Coloring Project

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.

Materials Needed:

  • 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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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