I’m not a fan of complicated crafts or art projects that involve a lot of materials and steps. I always try to have paint, crayons, paper and ink pads on hand. Thumb and fingerprint crafts are an easy way for kids to make art. After all, all kids need is their thumb, a washable ink pad, some paper and markers. The next time you are short on art supplies, try some thumb and fingerprint art for kids.
For this choose a different color of ink for each family member’s head. Have your child press his or her thumb firmly in the ink and then onto a piece of paper. Next, make a face on the thumbprint, along with hair and a body. We made stick figures. However, you can also give your thumbprint people a full outfit. If you want to make a dog or cat, have your child turn their thumb horizontally. Then, add facial details, legs and a tail.
Thumbprint Flower Garden
To make the flowers, all you have to do is place your thumb in the ink and then onto the paper. To make petals, keep turning your thumb about 30 degrees after each thumbprint. Then, add a stem. You can also make the leaves with a green thumbprint. To add some definition to the flowers, we outlined our petals with crayon and added a contrasting center.
The Four Seasons
Take a piece of paper and fold it so it has four boxes. In each box, make a thumbprint picture to represent a different season. For summer, you can create a beach scene with crayons or markers. Then, make a sun and a crab out of a thumbprint. For fall, you can draw a tree and then use your ring finger to make yellow, orange and red leaves on the tree. For winter, a thumbprint snowman and falling fingerprint snow will make a lovely scene. Finally, bunnies, chicks and, of course, flowers are easy images to make with your fingerprint for spring.
This is an open-ended activity where kids can use an assortment of thumb and finger prints. You can give them a note card or a piece of construction paper. An example of a pattern could be a heart thumbprint, then a butterfly thumbprint and then a flower fingerprint….repeat. This is a fun way for kids to practice patterns and, at the same time, make some art.
To prevent colors from mixing on the inkpad, you should give your little artist a wet towel or baby wipe. Before changing colors, they should clean off their fingers. This will keep the colors on their thumb and finger print art vivid.
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