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Grade K-4
Age: 4-8


Creating a memory of little hands that mom can keep with her forever.

What You Need:

  • A solid color dishcloth --- yellow, green blue ... your choice. (you can buy sets of them at larger department stores for very little money).
  • Fabric paint (this is important because you want a paint that will last through washing machine trips).
  • Trays for holding paint.
  • Paintbrushes or sponges.
  • A covered work area.
  • Hands (or even feet?!)

What You Do:

  1. Here's the easy part, children paint their hands using a sponge or a paintbrush and make a handprint on the washcloth.

  2. Think contrasting colors ... in other words, if you have a dark colored dishcloth, then use a light colored paint and visa versa.

  3. Use a paintbrush to write the date on the corner of the dishcloth. (The child's name can go there too).

  4. You can get really creative and try this on oven mitts, an apron (visualize a "bouquet" of hand and footprints all over mom's apron.) The sky's the limit.

  5. *Make sure you follow the directions for setting the fabric paint (the direction will be on the paint container). That way the washing machine will deliver mom back the same wonderful handprints wash after wash.

Here is a poem to go along with the dishcloth.

Sometimes I might upset you
Just because I'm small
By leaving fingerprints of mine
On a table, chair or wall.
But everyday I grow a bit
And I'll be big one day
When all my tiny fingerprints
Have long been cleaned away
So keep these prints of my two hands
To help you to recall
Just how big my fingers were
That time when I was small.

© KinderArt | Illustration © Geoff Slater, KinderArt

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