I'm guest posting today (thanks Amanda!) about a fun Father's Day handprint craft that was designed for my toddler son! As an artist, photographer, and mother, I know all too well the importance of documenting moments and preserving memories... memories like adorable little toddler handprints!
-- Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com
I love how this Father's Day handprint craft turned out, and I think my husband will too when he gets his printed version for Father's Day. My son is always talking about how he can do certain things "when I get big and strong like Daddy" -- so that was the inspiration for the free printable Amanda put together.
My toddler had a blast making a gift for his Daddy. Well, maybe he wasn't thrilled about getting messy, but aside from that, he had a great time. To make life a little easier for my anti-mess child, we actually make the handprints using watercolor paint. You can see some snapshots of his Father's Day craft activity time, but here's a step-by-step of what we did.
- I mixed up some black watercolor paint and water, figuring it was the most visible paint color, and asked my toddler to get his hands dirty. He reluctantly obliged (with the promise of getting to clean up his hands right away).
- Figuring I had only one shot for each hand, we made the handprints on a blank piece of paper.
- I then scanned them in, tinted them green on my computer, and added them to the printable page!
- Final step? Printing off the printable and finding the perfect frame before Father's Day!
My son really enjoyed the end result of this project and was admiring his Father's Day handprint craft. Hopefully we'll be able to keep it a secret until Father's Day... but even if it gets given early, I know this will be a treasured gift, perhaps for Daddy's office!
Print it free here → Someday I Hope to be Big & Strong Like Daddy Template
Print a vertical layout in different colors here → Big & Strong Like Daddy Vertical Printable Craft
As I mentioned earlier, I'd love for you to hop over to my blog and get some ideas for artistic fun with your kids, like planning an outdoor photo scavenger hunt for kids, or get tips on displaying your child's photos and artwork around your home.
- Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com